Patchwork by Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot


I made a mistake this evening, that was using my coravin to open this damn bottle. This is something I would happily finish in a few days along side the big block of Comté cheese I purchased.

I will briefly go over a few key things before we get to the wine, as always for the review scroll on down.

The Region

Starting off with what matters most le terrior! Let's go to France, to discover the mountainous Jura region located between Burgundy and Switzerland There are only 450 wine growers and roughly 220 are marketing their own wine.

Vines are planted on shale, clay and limestone soils with a south or south west exposure for protection against the cold north wine. Vines bask in a continental climate with alpine influences. High diurnal and seasonal temperature swings allow for a slow ripening process.

Time to focus in.... Arbois AOC

In 1936 it received AOC status, among one of the first regions in France to do so. Arbois is the largest AOC in the Jura region covering 13 villages and 850HA. Red wine production dominates here, only 30% of the wine is white.


The Producer

Domaine Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot

The Domaine was established in the early 1960s and is currently run by Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot.

- 35ha of vines located in the Cotes de Jura and Arbois AOC

- Certified Biodynamic by Demeter.

- Minimal additions of the nasty stuff, sulfur dioxide

The Grape

Chardonnay, we all know it we might all not like it.

What is it to dislike Chardonnay? You can't really, as it probably produces a style to suit all. Perhaps people are scared to go back and try a bottle after the heavily oaked beasts that flooded the market decades ago. Let's put an end to this ABC (anything but Chardonnay) nonsense and accept this Chameleon.