In one of my first posts on the Jura, I alluded to the fact that this region is a veritable rainbow coalition when it comes to wine colors, styles and flavor profiles. In addition to exploring the regions main appellations, we’ve gotten familiar with red, white, rose, sparkling, fresh and super oxidative wines. So I thought it appropriate to conclude our journey through the Jura on a sweet note. Yes, there are some super tasty ones made here, although they may be somewhat difficult to obtain stateside. Like this sweet and rare gem from Bénédicte et Stéphane Tissot..
If you are ever in the Jura, and you can only make one stop, I recommend that it be at Tissot’s tasting room, conveniently located in the center of Arbois. Here you will learn about and taste what makes the region so special. The Tissot’s are true “terroir-ists” and farm all of there vineyards naturally and biodynamically.
Several years ago I was fortunate enough to visit and taste with Stéphane Tissot at the domaine in Montagny-les-Arsures. This family run enterprise is one of my top picks in the Jura. After being over 90 minutes late, (I miscalculated how long it would take me to devour the Bresse chicken that I had for lunch in the Savoie) a very patient and understanding Stéphane took me on a tour of the vineyards and led me through a comprehensive tasting of 19 wines. It is here that I experienced the BEST chardonnay that I have ever tasted- a 1986 single vineyard “Les Bruyères” vinified by Stéphane’s father.
If getting to taste the best chardonnay of my lifetime was not enough of a treat, at the conclusion of the tasting, Stéphane slipped me this parting gift (see pic above) Witness Tissot’s 2000 PMG, a late, late, late harvested wine made from partially dried poulsard and savagnin grapes that is only produced in select years and in miniscule quantities.
PMG stands for “pour ma gueule”.. French slang that literally translates to ‘for my gullet” or perhaps more appropriately in English terms to “for my mug”. Although the expression is rather casual and commonly used, Tissot’s PMG is a precious creation in the wine world that is anything but common.
I held on to my bottle of PMG until 2 months ago, when I shared it with a group of very special friends on my birthday. What a revelation! Thick, rich and at 400+g/l residual sugar..sweet..oooh wee! With notes of citrus, nuts, honey and dried golden figs, this is not a wine to pair with dessert, this is dessert! O.K., maybe a biscotti for dipping would be nice..
Au revoir Jura!
Prochain arrêt..Spring Mountain!