domaine bottes rouge

Jean-Baptiste Menigoz and Florien Kleine Snuverink – Domaine Bottes Rouge, Arbois

Jean-Baptiste, the former athletic teacher who completely changed his life after meeting the wine in 2002. He quit his sporty life completely and started working together with winegrowers such as Raphael Monnier and Stephane Tissot to learn and of course to drink wines. In 2009 he studied at eonolog school. So in 2012 he felt well prepared to start out on his own and made his first wines from 2 hectares.


His vinery is located in the tiny village of Abergement le Petit, just 5 kilometres outside Arbois. In 2015 Florien arrived to work with him and today they have 7 hectares in total, spread out around their little village and also on the slopes above Arbois. They own half of it and the rest they rent but all vineyards are farmed by them.

When it comes to Florien, you can easily say that she’s quite an unexpected sight here. Educated WSET Diploma student and former restaurant owner from Amsterdam, that went to Beaujolais to make wine together with Yvon Metras some years ago. She got stuck with the work in the vineyards and with the wines, but searched for a nicer view and found Jura and Jean-Baptiste.

Today they are partners in crime and develop the work in the vineyards and winery together. They make a lot of different experiments in the cellar, to find out the superior expression of each plot every year. We are so happy to be able to work with these guys and follow their progress.

The whites are almost only ‘ouillé’ (topped-up) ones. Those are lively, intense in fruit, with fresh acidity and fine minerality. Each cuvée is really personal and different – so you need to drink them all to feel the essence of the Domaine. The exception from the topped up wines is a ’Vin Jaune’-which is still under progress and tastes nice so far.
Their reds are intense, red-fruity, aromatic and flirty.

2016 Savagnin ‘Ouf!’ Petillant Naturel

Soil: Limestone and marl
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1976-1991
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermented in steel tanks. Bottles with some sugar left in November 2016 to create perfect bubbles in the bottle. Disgorged in March 2017.


2015 Chardonnay ’Les Nouvelles’

Soil: Limestone and marl.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1976-1991
Yields: 25 hl/ha
Vinification: Direct press before fermented and aged for 15 months in 500-liter old oak barrels before bottling.


2016 Chardonnay ‘Leon’

Soil: Limestone.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1978
Yields: 25 hl/ha
Vinification: Direct press before fermented and aged for 6 months in old barriques before bottling.


2015 Savagnin ‘Album’

Soil: Limestone and marl.
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1976-1991
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermented and then aged for 12 months in 500- and 600-liter old oak barrels before bottling.


2016 Savagnin ‘No Milk Today’


Soil: Limestone and marl
Grape: Savagnin
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: planted 1976-1991
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed before 15 days of maceration, without extraction. Then careful pressing before continuous fermentation and ageing in 600-liter old oak barrels, bottled in April 2017.


2015 Ploussard ‘Tôt ou tard’

Soil: Limestone and marl
Grape: Ploussard (also known as Poulsard, local spelling)
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: Planted 1991
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed before 20 days of maceration, without extraction. Then careful pressing before fermentation and ageing in 600-liter old oak barrels, bottled in September 2016.


2015 Pinot Noir ‘NeO’

Soil: Limestone and marl
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: Planted 1978 and 1990
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed before 4 days of maceration, without extraction. Then careful pressing before continuous fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks. Bottling took place in March 2017.


2015 Pinot Noir ‘La Pépé’

Soil: Limestone and marl.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Arbois
Age of Vines: Planted 1978 and 1990
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed before 30 days of maceration, without extraction. Then careful pressing before continuous fermentation and ageing in 500-liter old oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Bottling took place in September 2016


2015 Trosseau ’Sky my husband’

Soil: Limestone and marl.
Grape: Trosseau
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: planted 1991
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed before 21 days of maceration, without extraction. Then careful pressing before fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks, Bottling took place in September 2016