Les Bottes Rouges
face b - 2017
8.50 / 10

White Still, Dry
Les Bottes Rouges
France, Côtes du Jura AOC
1890 UAH

Produced from a 100% Savagnin, this wine is made using the “ouillé” method. This denotes a different technique to that of the other regional speciality, Vin Jaune, as the barrels are “topped up” during maturation to minimise oxidative ageing and preserve the freshness of the wine.


Meet Jean-Baptiste Menigoz, a former teacher in Arbois working with special needs children. At some point, he became fixated on low-intervention wines and decided to devote all his free time away from school to work in the vines. Under the tutelage of Stéphane Tissot, Jean-Baptiste learned the ins and outs of the wine world. In 2012 committed fully to trading his classroom for his vineyards.

Being a music lover, Jean-Baptiste named Domaine after a French song (The Red Boots). Musical references continue to pop up in the names of his cuvées. For example, Tôt out Tard (Sooner or later) is the name of an independent French record label.

Now meet Florien Kleine Snuverink, a former owner of the famed Café Schiller in Amsterdam (Netherlands). She moved to Jura to learn winemaking. Initially, Florien planned to purchase some vines for herself but ultimately decided to join Jean-Baptiste.

So this is Domaine Les Bottes Rouges and two friends that started with different careers in different countries but decided to take the life-changing decision to work full-time as winemakers.


2023-06-16 - 8.50

Wine #5 on Jura Party by Vova Ulianov.

This is the wine I would love to drink on a daily basis. It’s quaffable, sophisticated yet approachable, open and delicious. Stone fruits, canned pineapple, tilia honey, apple cookies, lemon candy (or was the lemon baked?). Fresh, medium-bodied, well-structured and balanced with flavours of baked apples, lemon candy and honey. The aftertaste? Very long with a persistent touch of pineapple. Neat stuff.

2023-09-11 - 8.50

I was struggling to decide what to open after such a tiring day. Thanks to my notes, listless me figured - a wine ‘I would love to drink on a daily basis’ must be a safe choice. The outcome is miserable. Face B is by far the best thing that happened to me today. Well. Les Wampas, a basket of cheese and XC2 TtGC also contributed to my happiness.

Being true to the ouillé method, Face B fills me up with clean tension and contemporary bliss. Again and again. It’s never enough despite the persistent aftertaste. I am charmed by a can of pineapple, shitty ‘chemical’ apple cookies from Silpo, tilia honey, lemon and sea breeze. I am charmed by the round, fresh and multilayered palate. It is flavourful, sophisticated and yet so approachable and quaffable. It has a slightly reductive, off-key and a bit pitched character. I would love to drink it on a daily basis.