Keep it natural, baby.
50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 5% each Poulsard and Trousseau, with half of the wine fermented in barrique and with no dosage.
Benedicte and Stephane Tissot produce 28 wines from 40 hectares, farmed organically, biodynamically and chemical-free which allows the soils to live, to have grapes untouched by chemical products, to allow natural yeast fermentations, to reduce the doses of sulfur in the cellar.
fermentation is stainless steel.3 months on leesmalolactic fermentation
A wine that ferments with all native yeasts; the second fermentation is begun with Vin de Paille, the thickly sweet, straw mat dried desert wine of the Jura. The same cepage as Tissot’s Cremant “Normale,” 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, the rest Poulsard and Trousseau, the two Cremants are separated after the first fermentation, when “Indigene” is dosed with Vin de Paille to begin its six month long second fermentation. This slow second fermentation means more complex flavors, a longer finish, a vinosity not found in the regular Cremant, and an all-around delicious bottle of bubbles.
Stéphane Tissot, who grew up on the estate, has been the driving force behind the dramatic resurgence of Jura wines over the last 20 years. André and Mireille, Stéphane’s parents, started the domaine in 1962 - Stéphane remembers cleaning barrels as a kid (small enough to get in them!). His first vintage was 1989 at the age of 19 and his precise work in the cellar was immediately recognized by his peers, as Jura wines were then quite "rustic," nothing like what is made today. Stephane soon stopped adding yeasts for his fermentations and, after meeting Nady Foucault at Clos Rougeard, he began conversion to organic agriculture, one of the first in the Jura. The domaine was certified organic in 1999 and biodynamic in 2004 and new plantings were all done with massale selection rather than the clones then used throughout the region. He produced his first "Chardonnay de Terroir" in 1997 and In 2000 he was able to purchase great parcels in Les Bruyeres, La Mailloche and Chateau Chalon. "Our biodynamic work in the vineyards gives us pleasure and enables us to vinify our wines in a natural way that reflects our terroirs and our work, far from the industrial techniques that banalize wine." Stephane's energy, intelligence and hard work have helped transform the Jura from a vinous backwater into one of the world's most exciting wine regions.
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