One of the particularities of the Tissot wines…
is that they require time in a bottle to express themselves. As Thierry Tissot explains: “Altesse tends to produce wines that are muted when young, but then they gain lots of body, complexity, and length as they age. The wines become very elegant.” The same is true for the red mondeuse, which needs time to smooth its rough, tannic edges. This kind of approach, which is low-intervention, hands-off, and very patient, is uncommon in the region. Altesse is usually left with residual sugar, and mondeuse is often fermented carbonically, all in a bid to make the wines more approachable when young. Thierry and Céline are doing singular work, quietly elevating the stature of Bugey in the process and proving the region’s potential.
While the semi-sweet sparkling méthode ancéstrale wines from Cerdon du Bugey have certain fame, Céline and Thierry are showing that top quality méthode champénoise sparklers can also be made here, all while transmitting a clear and unique Bugey identity. The Tissots have been pushing the envelope with the development of their traditional method sparkling wines. Using their prized native varieties (altesse and mondeuse), combined with varieties from neighboring Burgundy (chardonnay and gamay), they produce both a white and rosé sparkling. The use of these varieties, combined with a long lees-aging regimen, creates distinctive and elegant sparkling wines which have gained many fans.
Bugey is an exciting region in the crossroads of its more famous cousins. Located between the Jura and the Savoie wine regions, Bugey shares aspects of both, yet it retains its own distinct identity. It is at the southern end of the Jura mountain chain, and at the northern end of the Rhône river, which loops the region’s southern and eastern edges, marking the border with Savoie. Burgundy’s Mâconnais lies directly to the northwest. Here on their Mataret hill (a terroir that would be inconceivably unattainable if located in neighboring regions), the Tissots are quietly, steadfastly working to make the wines that will come to define their region for future generations.