From: Jura, France
Varietal: 40% Pinot Noir, 5% Poulsard, 5% Trousseau
This comes from biodynamically farmed Chardonnay (50%), Pinot Noir (40%), Trousseau (5%) and Poulsard (5%), from the Tissot vineyards in the Arbois, Jura. Half of the vines are planted on 'trias' clay, and the other half on Bajocian limestone, the vineyards face west, and the vines are on average 25 years ol
Tasting Notes: The grapes are hand harvested in small boxes, and are pressed directly in a pneumatic press. The juice ferments naturally; 40% in stainless steel, and 60% in barrels, with around 60% of the total being left without added sulfites. The wine is then aged on the lees for four months, during which period the malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. In January, instead of using the sugar/lab-cultured yeast usually used in traditional fermentation (inc. in Champagne), they create the 'prise de mousse' using vin de paille together with frozen grape juice. This then referments the wine in the bottle, and this process of refermentation in bottle then takes between six and seven months (whereas with the industial sugar/yeast mixture it takes two). The Tissots believe that the natural yeasts present in the vin de paille bring additional complexity and richness. The final wine then ages for 18 months, and is disgorged without dosage, nor sulfites. The wine finishes completely dry.
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