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The wines of Domaine André et Mireille Tissot, Jura, France

Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot, 39600 Montigny-les-Arsures, France
Tel: 03 84 66 08 27 E-mail: stephane.tissot@wanadoo.fr

This Jura domaine was founded in the early 1960s and is now run by Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot (pictured). It’s biodynamic, certified by Demeter. The domaine now consists of 32 hectares of vines in the Arbois and Côtes de Jura appellations, with parcels in some of the best sites. Perhaps because of the implementation of biodynamie, work here is labour intensive: there are 15 full time employees. Use of sulfur dioxide is minimized.

So much for the details. What about the wines? In brief, they are excellent. Full of personality and character, these are the sorts of wines that keep me excited about the job I do, not because they are the world’s greatest ever wines, but rather because they are authentic and different.

Tissot Arbois Chardonnay La Mailloche 2004 Jura, France
Very bright, complex fruity nose is quite Burgundian. Very fine. The palate is rich and complex with nutty fruit and a bready toasty edge. Sophisticated. Very good/excellent 91/100

Tissot Arbois Traminer 2004 Jura, France
Rich, broad, classy grape and lychee nose is melony and broad. This leads to a plump, rich palate which is clean and fresh, and shows low acidity. Dry but exuberantly fruity. Very good/excellent 90/100

Tissot Arbois Savagnin 2002 Jura, France
Lovely fresh, nutty, fruity, sherryish nose is quite complex, light and perfumed. The palate is bright, fruity and open with nice complexity from the flor. Finishes salty and tangy. Not for everyone, but I like it. Very good/excellent 93/100

Tissot Spirale-Passrillage de Raisins sur Paille 2003 Jura, France
Deep intense nose of raisins, herbs, tea leaf and apricot. The palate is super-concentrated and viscous with luscious sweet, syrupy, raisiny fruit. Low acid, intense and very sweet. Very good/excellent 90/100

Wines tasted 05/06
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