Les Bottes Rouges wines
21-03-2020 12:30 - Review
Les Bottes Rouges
Jean-Baptiste Menigoz began his career not as a winemaker, but as a teacher in Arbois working with children with special needs. Passionate about natural winemaking with the influence of his good friend and colleague vigneron, Raphael Monnier (Selection Massale), he began only after an apprenticeship with the master of the Jura, Stéphane Tissot, the life of the winemaker.
He began buying parcels of land in both Arbois and Abergement, with vineyards closer to the Cotes de Jura and AOC in Arbois. Soils range from limestone in some, to various types of heavy clay and marl in others. From the beginning, rigorous biological principles have been applied and experiments are underway with biodynamic treatments based on the individual needs of each vineyard.
In line with its experimental trends, Jean-Baptiste produces a wide range of wines where the general theme is quite simple: autochthonous yeasts, no clarification or filtration, depending on the cuvée, and from low to no addition of sulphites. As Jean-Baptiste says, "We make the wines we like to drink alone"!!!
La Pépée '18 - Pinot Noir Arbois; manual harvesting of fully ripe grapes and soft pressing to preserve the fruit; spontaneous fermentation with only indigenous yeasts in steel vats with a 3-week maceration; half aging in large used barrels and the other half in steel; Freezing freshness ;) aromas of red berries, white pepper and mineral puffs; on the palate it's very fine and elegant, with a surprising liveliness and a long finish. Drink from Guinness Book of Records with only 12% vol of pleasure! CHAPEAU!!! 33,90€
Tot ou Tard '18 - Ploussard Cotes du Jura; spontaneous fermentation with only indigenous yeasts in steel vats with maceration of 2/3 weeks; aging in large used barrels; Grapes from two plots, one planted in 2014 on red clay soil and the other planted in the 80s on gray marl (minerality at maximum power!). Small fresh red fruits like raspberries, wild strawberries; in the mouth it's super refreshing and with an amazing drinkability! Pure fruit juice of 11.5% vol !!! 33,90€
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