Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot Arbois Vin de Paille ‘Spirale’ (500ml)
Grapes: Trousseau, Poulsard, Chardonnay
The domaine of Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot is widely regarded as one of the very best in Jura, and the Tissot family more generally is widely known in the region for its long tradition of winemaking. Bénédicte & Stéphane converted the domaine to organics in 1999 and biodynamics shortly after, with the focus on pure expressions of terroir. The whites are characterised by a signature smoky reductive quality on the nose and immense power on the palate while the reds are fragrant and ethereal.
This is the Tissot's incredible vin de paille (straw wine) or passerille blanc made from grapes left to try on straw mats to concentrate their sugars for 4 months, before ageing in oak barrels for 3 years. About as concentrated and complex as it gets with the high residual sugar expertly balanced by explosive acidity.