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I Drink an Excellent Red Wine from Jura

I taste and drink wine every day.  There is such a bountiful selection of well-priced wines in Washington, DC that I take notes on at least one new bottle every day.  I must work during the day despite my inclinations to constantly write about these wines.  This results in a periodically growing pool of unpublished tasting notes.  Last week I picked up many new wines including several from Jura.  John is expanding the Jura selection to include many non or minimally oxidative wines.  We tasted a pair of Chardonnay from Michel Gahier and Domaine Rolet Pere et Fils (I shall write about the Rolet in the near future) then I asked for some red wine recommendations.  One of the wines is this bottle by Domaine Tissot.  I drank it over the weekend and being both surprised and impressed I decided it should be featured in my first post this week.

Andre and Mireille, Image from Domaine Tissot

The Jura mountains run through France, Switzerland, and Germany.  In France most of the wines of Jura are produced in the region between Bresse and the mountains themselves.  It has been over a decade since Jenn and I visited Julie and Aaron but we still have vivid memories of hiking in the Jura mountains and eating the amazing Bresse chicken.  Domaine Tissot is located in Jura where they produce wine from 35 hectrares of biodynamic vineyards located in Arbois, Cotes du Jura, and Chateau Chalon. From these vineyards some 28 different wines are bottled.  There are three permitted varietals for red wine: Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir.  This selection is made from Trousseau grown in the Arbois appellation.  The appellation is named after the city of Arbois, which happens to be where Louis Pastour grew up.  I was thoroughly pleased with the quality of the fruit in the wine and surprised by the level of ripeness.  There is good balanced structure here which suggests this wine will improve over the short-term.  I do not know what it will be like but it is certainly worth laying down a few bottles to find out.  This wine is currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Domaine Andre et Mireille Tissot, Trousseau, Arbois – $24
Imported by Potomac Selections Ltd.  This wine is 100% Trousseu fermented with indigenous yeasts.  The color is a light to medium ruby and garnet.  The nose reveals floral fruit, a pepper note with a hint of the exotic.  In the mouth there are focused and ripe red and black fruit, a fine, grippy texture with sweet tannins and salivating acidity in the aftertaste.  With air a gentle pepper note develops along with stoney fruit, perfume, and an increased level of tannins.  Drinkable now but should be cellared a few years.   *** Now-2019.

  1. June 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

    We drove through the Jura on our way back from Burgundy last year and wanted to go back to see more. We just did some hiking there and it was stunning. We saw mostly farms from up high, but passed through vineyards on our way to and from the hike. I will definitely seek out your selections to taste something from the area.

    • June 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Tissot is an amazing producer but there are others as well. You can also look out for Marcvin de Jura which is a fortified wine. Nice imagery on your blog, by the way.

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