Date: Apr 20/12, Fri Time: 05:30:00-07:30:00 Style: Drop-In
Domaine Tissot Tasting - The Living Vine presented the wines of Domaine Tissot. Best of all, we were most proud to have Stephane Tissot on hand for this Fine Wine Reserve tasting exclusive.
This Jura domaine was founded in the early 1960s and is now run by Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot. It’s biodynamic, certified by Demeter. The domaine now consists of 32 hectares of vines in the Arbois and Côtes de Jura appellations, with parcels in some of the best sites. Perhaps because of the implementation of biodynamie, work here is labour intensive: there are 15 full time employees. Use of sulfur dioxide is minimized. So much for the details. What about the wines? In brief, they are excellent. Full of personality and character, these are the sorts of wines that keep me excited about the job I do, not because they are the world’s greatest ever wines, but rather because they are authentic and different (Wine Anorak).
Good Food Revolution think of Tissot as being one of the very best producers of the region... (Good Food Revolution).
The wines that were available to taste are listed below:
Crémant du Jura Blanc $24.95 89 RP
Stephane Tissot’s sparking cuvees of Chardonnay and Pinot remain among the finest traditional method sparklers for the money grown anywhere in the world. Seldom is any rush necessary with still wines from the top Jura growers – not even the non-oxidative ones – although the wine’s character will become nuttier, richer, and less citric.
2010 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay En Barberon $39.95
Lots of mature brown butter, matchstick and apricot aromas, but the palate is racy and lively, with apple wood, lemon verbena and floral flavours. Tangy, minerally finish has a walnut hint in the background.
2010 Arbois Chardonnay Les Graviers $39.95
Distinctive aromas and flavors of apple, curry, almond and a briny tang. Rich and creamy in texture, with balance and a refreshing, tactile feel on the finish.
2010 Arbois Trousseau Singulier $36.95
Black cherry, black currant and violet aromas and flavours are set against lively acidity and dusty tannins in this light yet intense red. There's a hint of pepper and a juicy finish.
2008 Arbois Savagnin $44.95
Gorgeous aromas of walnut, dried apricot and blanched almond are just like an Oloroso Sherry. Taut, nervy palate shows hints of dried blood orange, persimmon and smoked mesquite wood. Dry and firm on the finish, with a mouth-watering tang.
2005 Arbois Vin Jaune $79.95
Intensely minerally and smoky, with a blanket of acidity behind the apple, sea salt and anise flavours. The long finish is bracing and powerful.