Producer: Les Bottes Rouges
La Pepée is his first Pinot Noir, sourced from two vineyards, one near La Mulatiere and the other near Les Bodines. The vines are planted in clay soils and are vinified using the same techniques as Tôt ou Tard. Élevage is a bit different, with half of the juice pressed into 600L barriques and the rest into stainless steel. He then adds a bit of SO2 at bottling, depending on the vintage.
The first French AOC in 1936, Arbois is also Jura’s largest appellation. This “fertile land” (“ar” and “bos” in Celtic), in the north of the Jura, produces red, rosé and white wines from five authorized grape varieties (Chardonnay, Savagnin, Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard). Located around the town of Arbois, the vineyards are spread over 13 communes. Producers in the commune of Pupillin can add this name to the appellation on their label. The red wines vary in intensity depending on the grape varieties and the blend, going from a delicate almost rosé colour to a deeper red. When young they are packed with crunchy red fruit. They age well, evolving notes of spices, undergrowth, humus and mushrooms, or more meaty notes from the Trousseau grape. These wines are always delicate and supple, while also being rounded and well-structured.