The Domaine, founded in the early 1960's, is now run by Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot. The Domaine has now grown to 45HA in Arbois and Côtes du Jura; all of which is worked to Demeter certified Biodynamic principles - what a work load, eh? Not sort on vision Bénédicte & Stéphane realise the enormous nature of their task and work alongside more than 15 full time employees. That vision is also the driving force to the domaines uniqueness, when Stéphane's career saw him working in Brown Brothers in Oz during the 1990's, he realised that the yeast fermenting this wine thousands of miles away from his home was the same packet of yeast his Father was using in Jura. Cometh the hour, cometh the husband and wife team; Stéphane arrived back to Jura as the region turned its back on super fruity international styles of Chardonnay and began to look for some substance in it's past to take them forward. The cool family cellars of Domaine Tissot, in the Montigny-les-Arsureswhich, allow for slow fermentation are fitted with large, old oak casks, many from Chassin of Rully, an experimental wooden fermentation vat from Stockinger of Austria, and five clay amphorae. These factors allow for a range of peculiar styles to be produced, all with as little interference from the winemaker as possible!
Benedicte & Stephane Tissot Cremant Blanc Indigene NV
The Crémant du Jura Indigène is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 5% each Poulsard and Trousseau fermented in equal parts in tank and wood. The second fermentation in bottle was produced adding unfermented vin de paille (sweet) and vin de paille in fermentation (yeasts). This wine is sold without any added dosage and very low sulfur. It has a copper-like color, like a blanc de noirs, and a very expressive nose, very floral (orange blossom), with some vin de paille echoes. It’s a serious sparkling wine, elegant with finesse and nuance, nicely balanced and with very small bubbles. This is simply fantastic.