2018 Benedicte et Stephane Tissot Traminer (Savagnin)
Stéphane Tissot is a tireless and vigorous promoter of individual sites and natural wines. He brings technological experience from his work in Australia and South Africa, and combines this with his ruthless yield reduction philosophy and very serious 'small batch' winemaking which is carried out as naturally as possible. Tissot plants mostly on clay and limestone, all sites are farmed biodynamically and yields are kept low, averaging only 30 h/l per hectare. Ferments are allowed to commence naturally and the still wines are bottled without filtration and little or no SO2 is added across the board. Vibrancy and fruit presence is a signature across all his wines. Given Stéphane is constantly experimenting and obsessively seeking improvements; he is at the forefront of the Jura revolution and produces terroir-driven wines of depth, intensity, interest and undeniable quality.
Savagnin is also known locally as Traminer, and this ancient variety is the specialty of the region. Stephane Tissot ages this wine in older barrels and he makes it much like a chardonnay. This topped up (ouillé) example is a powerful and textural style, the prominent acidity supporting an enormous degree of richness and depth of flavour.