Les Bottes Rouges - La Pépée Arbois 2018
100% Pinot Noir
Organic, No Sulfur Added
From the importer-
From Arbois, Jura. Vines planted in 1979. La Pepée is sourced from two vineyards, one near La Mulatiere and the other near Les Bodines. The vines are planted in clay soils. The grapes are destemmed by hand into tanks where they are allowed to ferment naturally and undergo a three-week maceration after which they are pressed, with half of the juice pressed into 600L barriques and the rest into stainless steel.
After a couple vintages on his own (with the help of his wife, Jacqueline), he was joined by Florien Kleine Snuverink in 2014, who is originally from the Netherlands. A long-time proponent of natural wines, she used to own the famed Café Schiller in Amsterdam before moving to the Jura to learn winemaking. After interning for a couple of years, she played around with the idea of purchasing vines of her own before ultimately deciding to become a partner at the estate and share all of the duties with Jean-Baptiste.
Keeping with his experimental tendencies, Jean-Baptiste makes a wide array of wines. The overarching theme is quite simple: native yeasts, no fining or filtration, depending on the cuvée, and low- to no-suplhur. As Jean-Baptiste says, “We make the wines that we like to drink ourselves.”