Cremant du Jura, Indigène, Stéphane Tissot (base wine 2015)

Cremant du Jura, Indigène, Stéphane Tissot (base wine 2015)

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Cremant du Jura, Indigène, Stéphane Tissot (base wine 2015)

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Chardonnay and Pinot Noir make up the lion’s share (90 percent) of this blend, but there’s room too for local heroes Poulsard and Trousseau. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, on a three-hectare plot whose westerly aspect promotes ripeness, but not at the expense of the crisp acidity key to premium fizz. Indigène’s bubbles result from a second fermentation in bottle – the Champagne or traditional method – triggered by the addition of a dash of fermenting vin de paille (sweet straw wine, rather than cultured yeast). After 13 months on the lees, it is disgorged without dosage or SO2. Indigène is an exceptional sparkling wine; pale gold in colour with very fine bubbles. There’s an engaging contrast between the unctuous, almost honeyed palate and bone dry finish. Try it today as an apéritif or, as winemaker Stéphane Tissot suggests, paired with creamy desserts.
Will Heslop, Burgundy Buying Assistant
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Domaine Tissot

Domaine Tissot

The lower slopes of the Jura mountains are among the most beautiful parts of viticultural France. They form the eastern flank of the Saone valley, mirroring the Côte d’Or across the way. It is a shame that their wines are much less well known.

Two main white grapes are used, Savagnin and Chardonnay, to make different styles of wine. The barrels of Savagnin are not topped up, so they become lightly and deliberately oxidised, though the wine is saved from spoilage by the formation of a film of yeast known as ‘flor’ on top of the wine, as also happens with fino sherry. Unusual but exciting wine.

The Chardonnay barrels are kept topped up, but even so the wines tend to offer a hint of the same nutty character on top of the more classic outline of the Chardonnay grape.

Stéphane Tissot is a leading grower in the wine appellation of Arbois, where he farms his vineyards biodynamically and is rare in offering single vineyard bottlings such as Les Bruyères.

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Arbois

Arbois

Arbois is the most important appellation in Jura and the largest along with Côtes du Jura. Home of one of the fathers of microbiology, Louis Pasteur, the appellation takes its name from the small town of Arbois, which is nestled away in the verdant Jura countryside.

The harshness of Arbois’ winters can be an impediment to wine growers but this doesn’t stop the production of some notable wines. The appellation makes wines of a variety of styles:

  • Dry whites (in the traditional oxidative or modern aromatic style) from Chardonnay and the region’s signature grape, Savagnin
  • Light, fresh, dry reds from Pinot Noir, Trousseau, or Poulsard
  • And the regional specialities vin jaune (medium sweet) and vin de paille.

 

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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