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Today, we're proud to offer a large group of 2018s from Jura's star, Stéphane Tissot. Through our tastings, conversations, and research, it is clear that the wines are showing the delicious quality that Stéphane is known for delivering... and some '18 cuvees, like the DD, are being touted by knowledgeable drinkers as the best vintage of the wine to date. Stéphane's dedication to biodynamic farming and his knowledge of his land and vines, along with his innovative spirit, have made this domaine the standard bearer for the region's family producers. Many items from this offer are available this coming week, while others are awaiting shipment across the Atlantic, set to be in our hands between December and February. Please note that in this vintage, only wines that are confirmed and pre-sold will be ordered by the importer, thus there will be limited, if any, further inventory available. This a rare chance to secure stunning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Trousseau, and Poulsard that many argue are the Jura's best. If you've had the wines of Stéphane Tissot in the past, you surely know the the merit of this claim.
In 1990, after studying wine in Beaune, Stéphane took over from his father, André, as the head of the family's estate. He was destined to lead it in a new direction. He eliminated the use of selected yeasts and pushed the farming towards organic methods, a decision he made after meeting Nady Foucault of Clos Rougeard. Domaine André & Mireille Tissot (as the business is still offically known, named after Stéphane's father and mother) received organic certification in 1999, and biodynamic certification 5 years later. They have grown in size over the years to become one of the most important producers of the Jura, and their belief of and focus on well-farmed, well-made wine has never wavered.
The diversity of the products below represents the diversity of techniques and holdings that Stéphane works with. Amphora-aged reds, the Poulsard en Amphore and Trousseau en Amphore, are put in special vessels made for the estate by Alain Berthéas in the Vaucluse. The incredible array of Chardonnay bottlings come from ancient soils, like the Sursis, a single vineyard from Lias clay, the Bruyères single vineyard from Trias clay, the Graviers from limestone, and the Mailloche, also from heavy clay. The "Rose Massale" is especially unique, coming from a rare massle selection of a Chardonnay mutation, one which has a slightly pinkish skin. Pinot Noirs, the Sous la Tour from limestone soils and the en Barberon from Lias, are kept wholecluster because Stéphane believes juice is lost if destemmed. Lastly, and I hesitate to call them "the usual suspsects," as they are always so tasty and exciting, are the "Patchwork" Chardonnay, the Cuveé DD, and the Trousseau Singulier - incredible wines, at a price more affordable than most Jura wines these days. (And for those who must have Savagnin (which are released later) we offer the 2016s, ouillé and oxidative.)
Truth be told, you'll have to try these for yourself to get the full picture of this genius in Jura. Feel free to mix-and-match items, regardless of arrival date, and the Chambers team will make sure you can pick up your bottles as they come in. Cheers! David Hatzopoulos
"Patchwork" is made from 100% Chardonnay (from clonal and massale seection vines) picked from various clay and limestone parcels in Tissot's estate. He typically raises this cuvée for 12 months in both neutral and 10% new oak barrels, which are topped up to give a fresher, more Burgundian style to the Chardonnay.
Selection massale of Chardonnay Rose, from La Mailloche," a rare mutation of the grape, ripe and beautifully complex.
The vines for the Sursis are found in Chateau Chalon. Tissot purchased this parcel in 2007. "Sursis" means "on parole," and Tissot will keep producing this wine as long as the vines give him grapes. Lias type clay. A shorter elevage than other whites (only 12 months).
Chardonnay from single vineyard in Arbois. Vines planted to Trias clay soil on south facing slope.
Chardonnay from a single vineyard of massale vines planted in 2002, at 16,000 vines per hectare - Stephane says this is the "Montrachet" of the Jura!
An exceptional, terroir-driven Chardonnay from the heavy clay soils of Stéphane Tissot's Mailloche vineyard. In 2018 this is close to the "Tour du Curon" in quality.
Sourced from Chardonnay vine planted in limestone-rich soils. Fermentation occurs with native yeasts and aging is in large, neutral oak barrels. Perhaps the most "Burgundian" in style of Stephane's Chardonnays.
From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot. This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own! Tasted with Stepphane last winter this showed beautifully, perhaps the best vintage of DD yet, don't miss it!
From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot. This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own!
2018 is a beautiful vintage for Tissot's Poulsard Vieilles Vignes! Sourced from three parcels of 45- to 90-year-old vines planted in clay soils, vinified with only native yeasts, and no SO2 is added at any time! It has all of the high-toned, crunchy mineral purity (without the reduction!) that I love about this grape and the palate carries smoky berries, blood orange, iron, and juicy red plum flavors. It is a bit more structured and tannic than some other wines made with Poulsard (no doubt a characteristic of the old vines) making it a solid choice for charcuterie or heartier meats where you would want some cut. This is downright excellent.
Hand destemmed, with 3 months of maceration in 420 liter amphora, the vessels made by Alain Bertheas in the Vaucluse in 2009. After aging in amphora, the macerated grapes are pressed into 20 hectoliter foudres. Bottled in July, summer of 2019.
The 'Singulier' is 100% Trousseau from biodynamically farmed Arbois vineyards of limestone. The vines are some of the oldest that belong to the estate. The grapes are destemmed and aged in barrel for 12 months before release. Aromas of rugged, woodsy fruit, create a foundation for lighter, fresher accents of small plums and cherry. The palate displays blackberry, raspberry, and cherry, along with a hint of orange peel. Showing the usual vibrant character but with the lush fruit of 2018. **AVAILABLE OCTOBER 29th**
The grapes hail from a limestone slope known as "les Corvées Sous la Tour", farmed biodynamically, and harvested by hand. They undergo a 3 week whole-cluster maceration and then mature for a year in Burgundy barrels. Bottled without sulfur or filtration.
"En Barberon" is 10ha of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines planted along Bréry- a bucolic village that connects Arbois and Chateau-Chalon. The heavy marl soils here provide the foil to Stéphane Tissot's fresh and delicate "Graviers" selection based on limestone soils in Curon. The Chardonnay from this site tends to be dense, rich, and broad, and the Pinot Noir shows some reduction and spice, which Stéphane attributes to the clay soils. The Pinot Noir is made using whole-clusters in order to preserve the juice that Stéphane feels the grape loses if he de-stems.
Traminer is an old, local name for Savagnin, which Stephane uses here as an homage. This is topped up (ouillé) style, so no oxidative notes, just beautiful freshness, and a touch of waxiness in the finish. Grapes come from the Bruyeres, Vasée and usually a few rows from the Mailloches vineyard. A beautiful white from Tissot that is breathtaking now, and should age very well. Eben Lillie **AVAILABLE OCTOBER 29th**
Traminer is an old, local name for Savagnin, which Stephane uses here as an homage. This is topped up (ouillé) style, so no oxidative notes, just beautiful freshness, and a touch of waxiness in the finish. Grapes come from the Bruyeres, Vasée and usually a few rows from the Mailloches vineyard. A beautiful white from Tissot that is breathtaking now, and should age very well. Eben Lillie
**AVAILABLE OCTOBER 29th**
A traditional Savagnin from the Jura, this wine is made in the oxidative sous-voile style.