Arbois Stéphane Tissot owns 46 ha and is a biodynamic producer with a very large range of ‘small batch-single site’ wines. He is infictously passionate and enthusiastic, intense, intelligent and also charismatic. Tissot is a talented and individualistic producer. He has 4 separate sites; savagnin and the reds are always planted on clay for increased acidity. Chardonnay is planted on both clay and limestone, and is fermented with wild yeast and made in a very reductive way with all of the yeast lees. All vineyards are strictly biodynamic and the yields are kept very low.
VIN DE PAILLE 375ml
A blend of 40% savagnin and poulsard with 20% chardonnay. Opulent, intially sweetened flavours of honey, tropical fruit and vanilla are guided seamlessly into a textural mid palate. Tissot’s signature line of acid is tight, yet never firm. This strings the flavours harmoniously through to the lemon and orange rind based finale, finishing in an amalgam of flavour, concentration and focus.
CHARDONNAY ‘LES BRUYERES’
A small 0.95 ha plot of clay soil of the Trias era (clay topsoil on a subsoil of blue marl). The bunches go into small buckets followed by pressing and immediate filling of barrels. Natural ferment occurs slowly and can last up to 2 years. 1/3 new oak and no racking and no sugar added, 14.5% alc.
CHARDONNAY ‘EN BARBERON’ The ‘En Barberon’ vineyard within the Cotes du Jura (wedged betwenn the AOC’s of Arbois and l’Etoile) is planted to both chardonnay and pinot noir with a high clay content within the soil profile. This provides the ingredients for a more generous, rounded chardonnay with expression of flavour seen as being as important as structural elements (reduction is less evident).
CHARDONNAY ‘CLOS DE LA TOUR DE CURON’
A small vineyard of .75 ha that only yields 1.5 tonne per. The elevage is essentially the same as the wine above but the outcome is very different. Deep and intense, there is a kaleidoscope of roasted nuts, citrus, stone-fruit, warm bread and mealy flavours with almost unfathomable length.
70% chardonnay and 30% savagnin is barrel fermented and constantly topped for 9 months; then the wine is aged for 15 months ‘under the veil’ without topping. Nutty and rich with a melange of grilled nuts, orange peel, curry leaves, lemon and floral notes; there is plenty of complexity here finishing with a refreshing citrus and salty sea-breeze tang.
Savagnin and traminer are essentially two of the same. To differentiate between the two, Stéphane makes this in a ‘fresh’ style [steel tank, no oxidation] showing a different side to Jura’s famous grape. Vibrantly fresh and crunchy, this shows good mid-palate weight and plenty of zip to back it up.
Aged for 6 months with constant topping of the barrels, followed by 2 ½ years under the voile. This is a great version of the classic Jurassic! Curry leaves, celery, vinousity, citrus flavours and great complexity.
POULSARD V.V. (NO SO2)
This is as natural a wine as is possible to make! The vines were planted between 1942 and 1972. It is fresh, has nuances of strawberry, spices and cherry, and is nicely structured with silky tannins for a ‘lighter’ style red.
This wine was fermented in open wood vats and macerated for 6 weeks! Then matured in 600lt barrels. It is the deepest and richest trousseau you are likely to find, having more in common with a pinot, yet it still retains its Jurasian origin.
PINOT NOIR ‘EN BARBERON’
100% stems and very Burgundian. This is an amazing single site pinot, quite firm and rich. It’s a little sappy and shows a little stem character, but it is opulent and balanced.
VIN JAUNE ‘CLASSIQUE’ (blended vineyards)
VIN JAUNE ‘EN SPOIS’ (single vineyard)
From clay soils (which are not as rich or dense as those of Les Bruyeres) with blue marl and limestone, this is Stephane’s most expressive and elegant Vin Jaune. The high elevated, En Spois vineyard lends itself to producing some of the more textural and nuanced expressions of savagnin where the flavours of curry leaf, unroasted nuts and lemon curd are reserved yet perfectly balanced against Tissot’s signature tight acids and the ‘salty tang’ voile influence.
VIN JAUNE ‘LES BRUYERES’ (single vineyard)
Hailing from an incredible vineyard of dense clay dominant soil, this is Setphane’s most powerful and complex wine. Heralded and the ‘jewel in the crown’ this showchases the sheer quality and skill Stephane is recognised for. Where the ‘En Spois’ focusses on elegance and texture, the Bruyeres drives towards ageability, weight, strength, and above all else, complexity and range of flavours, again all in perfect balance