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The domain of Bénédicte and Stéphane Tissot has, for many years, been a staple in Jura wine. For the Tissots, wine is a family affair. Maurice Tissot, Stéphane’s grandfather, owned 3ha of vines (vinified by a cooperative) and 25ha of farming land. In 1956 he decided to plant vines for each of his four sons: Jacques, Jean-Louis, Daniel and André. This latter inherited 38 ares, which became the domain of André and Mireille Tissot, today driven by their son Stéphane.
Stéphane Tissot is a rebel who takes tradition and sublimes it. After studying Viticulture/Oenology, he joined his father at the family domain in 1989 (he was 19!). First vintage in 1990. Little by little he took over the management of the domain and adopted organic culture in 1999, before moving on to biodynamics (DEMETER certification) in 2004. Not as a militant, but in an increasing quest for quality. For him, industrialisation is the death of wine. It is its uniformization. Whereas natural wine offers a surprise in every bottle, in every mouthful. Not all of the wines are sulphite-free (for example 60% of the reds are, and the others have a little added).
The Tissots today own 50ha planted with classic varieties of Jura grapes: savagnin, poulsard, trousseau, pinot noir, chardonnay. They produce immense wines in all of the appellations in the region: Château-Chalon, Côtes du Jura, Arbois wine, or Arbois yellow wine. As far as this latter is concerned, in 2003 Stéphane Tissot created wines by parcel, a small revolution for this wine typical of the Jura. The production of Jura sparkling wine is equally significant, representing approximately 25% of bottling (or approximately 35 000 bottles, depending on the year).
The surface and volume of wines means that he can carry out a number of tests. Always in the quest of doing better or differently. He raises a lot of questions about his yellow wines and, more particularly, their ageing in hot cellars or cold cellars or a mixture of the two… In November 2016, a new member joined the Tissot clan: “Bracadabra”, the domain’s Contois horse. Since vines were planted at the Tour de Curon in 2002, this parcel has been laboured using the horse and a number of service providers. The project of becoming autonomous with the horse’s labour is old, but putting it into place has required time and organisation. All of the team at the domain has been trained in “Animal traction”, the aim being to labour with Bracadabra the 4ha of vines, including the Clos de la Tour de Curon.
The Tissot domain can count on its superb terroirs, like the Bruyères, La Mailloche, Curon or En Barberon. Today the Tissot domain, run by Stéphane and Bénédicte, offers a vast range of about 35 wines. Enough to satisfy numerous sharp, curious customers. The domain has an international reputation and getting hold of a few bottles remains an exploit :-) !