Domaine des Bodines, Savagnin, 6 Bottle Case
Savagnin from a plot of vines rented from another favourite - Catherine Hannoun of Domaine de la Loue - this is another of those miraculous wines that somehow survived the epic frosts of 2017. Fruit here tends very much towards the salty, slightly bruised-apple side with plenty of high-toned acidity for balance.
Domaine des Bodines is the work of Alexis and Emilie Porteret, who unlike most in the region do not come from winemaking backgrounds but were bitten by the winemaking bug while working dull desk jobs elsewhere in France. They now farm just 4 hectares of vines dotted around Arbois and Pupillin which they hope to convert fully to biodynamic practices in the coming years, their work is however already meticulous mainly in thanks to this duo’s past work with Jurassien organic pioneers Domaine de la Pinte and Domaine de la Tournelle. We can hardly think of producers anywhere who produce such reliably delicious, soulful wines.