Tissot

BIO-DYNAMIC

43 year-old Stephane Tissot returned to the family domaine 18 years ago and has since converted all 32 hectares to bio-dynamic viticulture and dramatically reduced yields. Vinifying terroir by terroir, he makes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of Burgundian quality with a distinctive mineral expression. He also honors the family traditions with brilliant versions of the semi-oxidized wines of  the region. One of the world’s most restlessly innovative producers, he never ceases to come up with daring new ideas relating to viticulture, wine-making and hitherto unthought-of products.

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Available Wines

Tissot 2005 /2008 /2010 Vin Jaune ‘En Spois’ (Arbois) [6/500]

In typical Tissot fashion, Stéphane can’t resist experimenting, so he now has three vineyard sites, bottled separately, for Vin Jaune, all made in the classical fashion, all expressing their different terroir despite the overriding presence of the flor. One is supremely mineral, one closed and brooding, and this is perhaps the most “typical,” if anything  Stéphane does can be so named.

Tissot 2011 Spirale [6/375]

Pending Tasting Notes

Tissot 2013 Savagnin (Arbois) [6/750]

Think of this as “baby” Vin Jaune. It has all the flor-induced characteristics beloved of the true believers in a slightly less intense, one might argue more useful form.

Tissot 2015 Chardonnay ‘Les Graviers’ (Arbois)

This gravelly parcel often yields Stéphane’s most forward Arbois Chardonnay. The 2013 positively seethes with animation, so vibrantly does the fruit express itself. It is not an exaggeration to describe this as high burgundian class.

Tissot 2015 DD (Arbois) [6/1500]

Stéphane’s red wine yields have been pitifully cut by Nature in 2013 and 2014, so he contrived this new blend of Trousseau, Poulsard and Pinot Noir. Relatively pale, it surprises with an effusively berried nose. The palate, however, shows a more serious, earthy aspect, with a long, salty tail. This is “natural” red the way it should be made.

Tissot 2015 Pinot Noir Sous La Tour(Côtes du Jura) [6/750]

Stéphane’s best Pinot vines are outside the Arbois appellation. Those familiar with the “En Barberon” from previous vintages will be reassured by the distinctively resonant and firm expression of the grape in this new wine, while appreciating the relative suppleness and approachability offered by the vineyard.

Tissot 2015 Savagnin en Amphore ‘Sans Souffre’ (Arbois) [6/750]

Think of this as “baby” Vin Jaune. It has all the flor-induced characteristics beloved of the true believers in a slightly less intense, one might argue more useful form. This version is a miniscule production made in amphora.

Tissot 2015 Trousseau ‘Singulier’ (Arbois)

Trousseau is truly one of the most original grapes in the world and Tissot makes something simultaneously delicate and strong from it. This is a wine for those who value tension and balance above colour and weight.

Tissot 2016 DD (Arbois)

Stéphane’s red wine yields have been pitifully cut by Nature in 2013 and 2014, so he contrived this new blend of Trousseau, Poulsard and Pinot Noir. Relatively pale, it surprises with an effusively berried nose. The palate, however, shows a more serious, earthy aspect, with a long, salty tail. This is “natural” red the way it should be made.

Tissot 2016 Poulsard Vieilles Vignes ‘Sans Soufffe’ (Arbois)

17 cases only of this perennial Jura classic, made without added sulfur.

Tissot N.V. Blanc de Blancs Futs, Extra Brut

100% Chardonnay, 75% from 2007 in the barrel for a year, and the remainder from 2008 in stainless. Again, no dosage, and great fidelity to the Champagne model of toast, yeast, and fine beaded complexity. After four years on the lees, it is still young and, alas, in short supply.

Tissot N.V. Cremant du Jura ‘Indigene’

Who but Stéphane would have contrived the notion of conducting a secondary fermentation with his yeast-and-sugar-rich Vin de Paille? The result is fascinatingly different – fruitier, deeper, more mysterious –  and has quickly developed a cult-like following. This is the model that he intends to follow in the future.

Tissot N.V. Crémant du Jura Extra Brut

(55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Poulsard, 5% Trousseau) Since the 2009 vintage, Stéphane has succeeded in finding the balance in his grapes that enables him to make this wine without dosage, his Platonic ideal of how Crémant should be. What a triumph! Beyond the wine’s familiarly uncanny resemblance to champagne, it has a depth and persistence of flavor that pay tribute to the bio-dynamic regime of the domaine. The wine has never been better, and the news is out, because we have now had our allocation of this and other Tissot wines severely reduced.

Tissot N.V. Cremant du Jura Rosé Extra Brut

A determinedly “pink” wine, in the sense that it is made predominantly from black grapes, lending it a weight and earthy flavor profile quite different from that of the more “champenois” white versions. We have a comparatively generous 25-case allocation!