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Domaine Andre et Mireille Tissot (Benedicte et Stephane Tissot), Cremant du Jura 'Indigene', 2018


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A blend of mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with 5% each Trousseau and Poulsard added to the blend. Like all of Tissot's wines, the fermentation is done only with native yeast, but in this crémant the ante is upped — rather than using a standard liqueur de tirage, the sweet elixir used to feed the yeast during the second fermentation — another uniquely Jura treat is employed: vin de paille. This sweet, passito-style dessert wine is made chez Tissot, creating a closed-loop circuit that helps to ensure quality.


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The Tissot family has been making wine in the Jura for decades — Stéphane's father André started the domaine in 1962. Stéphane's first vintage was in 1989, at the tender age of 19, and almost immediately thereafter he decided to eschew commercial yeasts and pursue organic farming (although the domaine has been certified biodynamic since 2004). Chez Tissot, the goal is to illustrate the region's unique terroir, and to that end, they vinify as many as 28 different cuvées, determined parcel by parcel according to the soil. The small production wines are marked by elegance and freshness, in styles that range form sparkling and still to the signature Vin Jaune of the region.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"Pale gold. Complex aromas of ripe citrus fruits with suggestions of anise, brioche and white flowers. Sappy and expansive, Indigène is essentially the same base wine as the Extra Brut but is made using Vin de Paille to start the secondary fermentation. Offering almost honeyed tangerine and pear flavors, with nuances of smoky minerality, it gains weight on the finish. Although it tastes sumptuous and gently sweet, it is actually bone-dry with less than one gram per liter of residual sugar." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 92
"This is a unique and unusual wine: Vin de Paille is used as the starter for the fermentation which is very long, six to seven months, as he’s using more and more of his own yeasts for the sparkling wines; because he feels if everybody used the same yeasts from Champagne, the wines would be very similar. He also uses Vin de Paille for liqueur de tirage for the second fermentation in bottle, and the wine ends totally dry. So he estimated that he has around two euros worth of Vin de Paille in each bottle of Indigéne. The long fermentation gives the wine a different creamy character -- a texture rather than a flavor -- and the wine has a lot more complexity and depth, a little more like the petillant naturel in taste. There is great acidity and good integration of the carbonic. The bottle we tasted and the current release is from 2013. He feels Crémant is good when young (18 months) or very old, 5-6 years... Stéphane Tissot is one of the leaders of quality Jura wines, and in my opinion, the producer that has seen a fastest improvement in the last few years. He and his wife Bénédicte have a portfolio of wines that keeps growing. He routinely salutes you with a 'Bonjour, la vie est belle!' while he shakes your hand energetically, and from there on it's non-stop. I suspect he's hyperactive. He is a great winemaker, a great host and a fun guy. Highly recommended." -Robert Parker


  • Grape Variety

    Blend of Red and White Grapes , Chardonnay , Pinot Noir , Poulsard , Trousseau

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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