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Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot

As I write, last minute preparations are taking place for the second annual official Wines of Jura trade tasting in London, which takes place tomorrow. Twenty producers will be present each showing six wines on their tables. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon I host a masterclass giving an introduction to the wines of the region. And, at 1pm we will be celebrating the Jura wine book with a taste of four rather special Crémants du Jura.

The great thing about this Jura trade and press tasting is that even though several producers have agents already, it is the producers themselves who come over to present their wines for tasting. The profile that follows is of one of these producers who has not yet found an agent and is my second excerpt from the book. Based in Montigny, this is the least well-known Tissot domaine, run today by Jean-Christophe and his sister Valérie Tissot, whose parents Jean-Louis and Françoise founded the domaine. The two women of the estate – Françoise and her daughter Valérie, who speaks English, will be at the tasting. Valérie is also president of next year’s Percée du Vin Jaune, which takes place in the village of Montigny on Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February.

Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot –
Montigny-les-Arsures, Arbois

Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot

Valérie and Jean-Christophe outside the house in Les Arsures ©Mick Rock/Cephas

Sister and brother, bubbly Valérie and shy Jean-Christophe Tissot run this estate, but their retired parents Françoise and Jean-Louis lend them a willing hand, Françoise helping out with tastings and Jean-Louis in the vineyard – for them, retirement is theoretical. Françoise Masson from the hamlet of Vauxelles, between Arbois and Montigny, married Jean-Louis Tissot from Montigny (2km away) in 1965; she had two grandparents closely connected with the wine business. On her father’s side, Albert Masson ran a service making sparkling wines for vignerons, important even back in the early 20th century. On her mother’s side, Albert Piroutet was one of the founders of the Arbois Fruitière and among those who worked hard for Arbois to obtain the AOC in 1936. Françoise’s father also joined the cooperative and she inherited his vines to pool with the 1.6ha that Jean-Louis inherited from his father Maurice Tissot. In the early years Jean-Louis was part of the Fruitière too, but after planting 8ha of vines in 1990 they decided to start producing their own wines.

Valérie studied wine production at Mâcon-Davayé and Jean-Christophe at Beaune. Today Valérie runs the commercial side of the business and Jean-Christophe makes the wine and is in charge of the vineyards together with their father Jean-Louis. They own various parcels around Montigny, including a few hectares in Les Bruyères with its heavy marl ideal for Poulsard and Savagnin. The vines are grassed down every other row, using herbicide only under the vine rows, and managed on lutte raisonnée lines with one full-time employee and three seasonal workers. Harvest is partly by hand and partly by machine and a small quantity of grapes is sold to the Cellier de Tiercelines négociant. Originally the wine was made and matured in Vauxelles, but in the early 2000s they bought a large house in Les Arsures, where Jean-Louis and Françoise moved together with Jean-Christophe. They installed a winery in the outbuildings with a ventilated loft area to dry Vin de Paille grapes and to age barrels for Vin Jaune, although most of the wine ageing remains in Vauxelles.

Vin Jaune ageing

Valérie & Jean-Christophe Tissot with the barrels of Vin Jaune they age in a loft area. ©Mick Rock/Cephas

Winemaking is simple and traditional. Reds are vinified in cement tank and, in the case of Trousseau and the Rouge Tradition (one-third each of Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir), aged in foudres. These reds in good years can be juicy and sappy, traditionally structured with those earthy tannins that are unexpected after the very pale colour of the wines. The Trousseau ages particularly well. There are two Chardonnays. The main cuvée is aged in tank and foudres, providing an excellent example of simple Arbois appley, mineral Chardonnay, needing a little time to emerge, and the Cuvée Jean-Christophe is partly aged in oak barrels; this is less successful. All Savagnin is aged for potential Vin Jaune and some withdrawn for a Reserve blend of 40% together with the classic Chardonnay, and some for a Savagnin. These are both decent examples, but the Vin Jaune shines as a very oxidative, nutty Arbois style with a touch of elegance.

This branch of the Tissot family may be less visible than the others, but the domaine is well worth seeking out for good-value, true-to-type wines produced by a family of real ambassadors for Arbois and its wines. So far they have not exported, selling directly to consumers and through wholesalers in France.

Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot
Vauxelles, 39600 Montigny-les-Arsures
Tel: 03 84 66 13 08
Email: valerie.tissot@wanadoo.fr
Web: domaine-jeanlouis-tissot.com
Contact: Valérie Tissot
Established: 1976 (vineyards 1965)
Vineyards: 17ha (6ha Chardonnay, 4ha Savagnin, 4.5ha Poulsard, 2ha Trousseau, 0.5ha Pinot Noir)

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Join me with the Jura Book in London, Geneva and Amsterdam

Since the arrival of the printed books in mid-March and dealing with the logistics of sending them out to people from over 25 countries around the world, life has been somewhat exciting. The comments on the book’s quality have been very gratifying after these months of very hard work. Thank you again for all your support in spreading the word.

Jura Wine book by Wink Lorch

If you don’t have it, this is what the cover looks like. Click it to buy!

Wine educator and consultant Richard Bampfield MW wrote on Twitter:

“Thoroughly enjoyed first dip into Jura Wine from @WineTravel. Great knowledge and enthusiasm, refreshed by Wink’s tell-tale sense of fun. “

Wine writer Tom Stevenson wrote on Facebook:

“Just received my copy and I cannot put it down, even though I should be writing copy and clearing my desk for 4 weeks away. It’s not just uniquely informative, but beautifully written. A tour de force Wink!”

Writer and editor Susanna Forbes tweeted:

“Loving the look of your book @WineTravel . Can’t wait to dive in. Love the scene setting & people who matter bits … and photography is inspiring”

And as the book wings its way around the world, I’ve received fine comments from Tokyo, Netherlands, Boston, Australia, California, Ireland and many points in-between. Enough trumpet blowing, there is only left to say that just in time I sneaked in an entry to this year’s Louis Roederer Writers Awards so here’s hoping the judges like it every bit as much.

Jura wine book signing

At Le Nez dans le Vert ©Brett Jones

Signings and presentations
Following a signing baptism in Gevingey in the Jura for the well-worth-visiting organic wine fair Le Nez dans le Vert, my signing skills are now warmed up and I’m looking forward to doing more, especially in English! Several French visitors bought the book, but it was also wonderful to meet so many worldwide fans of Jura wines who had made their way especially to attend this show, and to see their pleasure at being able to delve deeper into what makes these wines what they are.

The wines that I found time to taste from the 30 organic producers at the tasting were ever-better than in previous years. The only worry is the small quantity of wine available and the fact that the vines this year are so far in advance that everyone is now scared of possible spring frost creating a catastrophic 3rd small vintage in a row. Surely this can’t happen?

The Real Wine Fair, Tobacco Dock, London – 13 April (consumers) and 14 April (trade)
The organisers of the Real Wine Fair have offered me a table at which I can sell the books, shared with the publishers of the innovative magazine Noble Rot (by chance, edition #4 will feature the Jura). I will offer the books for 10% off the usual price, so at £22.50 for payment by cash or UK cheque only. If you already have a book, please feel free to bring it along for me to sign. The London Marathon streams nearby on Sunday but don’t let this prevent you from coming to taste a huge selection of mainly organic wines from around the world. There will of course be one or two interesting Jura wines, kindly provided by Doug of Caves de Pyrène, available to taste on our table, so please come by.

I will also be conducting a seminar and tasting of five Jura wines at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.

Tasting with Wiine.Me in Geneva – 24 April (consumers)
Together with the new Geneva-based wine club Wiine.Me I will be selling the books and offering around five wines to taste during  a convivial evening. The event will take place at Le Comptoir wine bar from 7pm. Contact me for more details.

Jura Wine trade tasting in London – 14 May (trade only)
There will be 20 producers present for the Jura trade tasting at Chandos House. I will be conducting an introductory seminar as last year at 11.30am and at 3pm with seven wines (essential to book). At 1pm we will be raising a glass of Crémant to celebrate the book and I very much hope that some key players who helped with the book will be with me. Contact Mandarin Communications to RSVP.

Tastings and presentations in the Netherlands – 1 and 2 June (mainly trade)
I shall be giving a presentation and tasting for the prestigious Wine and Food Association of the Netherlands after their annual Grand Prix Saint Hubert tasting competition, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Books will be available for sale and signing there. The following day, three key Jura wine importers join together for a small trade tasting of Jura wines in Amsterdam, where I will also be present and giving a presentation. For more information, contact Olivier Schutte of de Geluksdruif.

Jura Wine bookshop

In very good company at Athenaeum, Beaune

Buying the book and reviews
The best place to buy the book for international delivery is on my website Wine Travel Media (but be patient, it may take one or two weeks for delivery depending where you are) – sold at the cover price (plus a small extra for shipping outside Europe), if you buy here this particularly helps support my hard work. Contact me directly for trade purchases of five or more copies.

If you prefer to buy through Amazon, it is currently only on Amazon.co.uk through Marketplace but that is for delivery internationally too – please add a review there if you can. If anyone can recommend a good distributor based in the USA I would be interested in contacting them.

In the Jura wine region the book is now available through local book shops and tourist offices which will attract a wider audience, I hope. And in Beaune it is stocked at the amazing wine book shop Athenaeum, opposite the Hospice.

If you are a writer or blogger who doesn’t already have the book and wants to review it, please contact me to discuss.

And finally, whilst at Le Nez dans le Vert, my long-standing sommelier friend Christophe Menozzi, now at the Château de Germigny came by to see me and joined me for a TV interview for local French TV. You can see the TV clip (in French) here.

 

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