Grape(s): 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 5% Poulsard, 5% Trousseau
Localization: Jura, France
Tasting Notes: This organic sparkling white is crisp, rich, and a little bit salty. An easy choice for weekday bubbles.
Notes: This blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, poulsard (a native, thin-skinned red grape that produces lighter wines), and trousseau (native to eastern France, makes deep wines with high alcohol and acidity) is biodynamically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan. Vines are full of clay-limestone which makes for wine full of good acidity and structure. It is fermented in stainless steel and then goes on to age for four months on the lees. Second fermentation begins, then the bottle's age for 18 months before they’re disgorged and then released.
The Domain: The Tissot family has been producing wine in the Jura since 1962, with Stéphane and Bénédicte taking the reins from his parents, André and Mireille. They have since acquired a formidable reputation as being among the region's top winemakers, farming biodynamically since 2004 and striving to express the character of the Jura terroir above all else. Domaine Stéphane et Bénédicte Tissot is in Arbois, a commune located within Jura, about 30 miles west of Switzerland. It's an insular area that specializes in unique renditions of both classic and little-known grapes.
Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot are a powerhouse winemaking couple based out of Arbois in the Jura region. Their perspective plays a vital to the style of their wine. They favor natural wines as opposed to industrial ones, and wines that show off nature’s gifts versus winemaking. Their wines have been certified biodynamic by Demeter. Many of Jura’s wines go for an oxidative style; their wines are not this. They prefer a reductive style, the opposite of the local style. Their love is shown by their passion and their drive to make several different wines.