Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition regional profile of the Jura (see blue link below).
Les Bottes Rouges Album Savagnin Ouille 2015- August 2018 Decanter review
Jean-Baptiste hails from the town of Pontalierin the high Jura mountains. His primary passion was cross country ski-ing before he became a teacher like his friend Raphael Monnier (Ratapoil). Together, for fun and to learn, they played at making wine. After doing a wine course in Beaune and working for a spell with Stephane Tissot he took on some vineyards naming them “Les Bottes Rouges” (Red Boots” after a song that he particularly liked. These vineyards, which he leases, area mainly mature vines in Arbois AOC and he also has 0.3 ha just outside of the appellation in Grozon. Jean-Baptiste makes wines that he loves to drink and share – simple, fruity and natural.
Album is a cuvée that he makes in minuscule quantities. The vines are planted in limestone soils Once picked the whole bunches are pressed into neutral oak barrels for fermentation. He uses debourbage (a process in which the lees are allowed to settle before racking to minimize the need for filtration) before putting the wine back into the barrels for élevage. It is racked once more before being bottled.
This is 100% Savagnin made in the ouillé style to avoid oxidation. It is creamy in the mid palate with vivid lemon, apricot, minerals & honey. Beautifully rich but with a contained, harmonious concentration.