The Tissot family has long made wine, while also growing other crops and raising some livestock, at their estate in Vaux-en-Bugey. In 2001, with his oenology degree in hand, Thierry Tissot came home to take over the estate. He decided to focus exclusively on making quality wine and hatched a plan to revive a forgotten vineyard.
The old-timers talked about a hillside called Mataret, a vineyard site once known for making legendary wines. Three hectares of clay calcareous soils with veins of shale facing southwest, at 350m elevation, and overlooking the village, this site had been completely abandoned and was covered in chestnut trees and dense brush. Thierry set his mind to making great wines here
again. He cleared the hillside and planted it with Altesse and Mondeuse; two indigenous varietals which have always done well in this region.
100% Mondeuse from the Mataret vineyard. Manual harvest, 90% de-stemmed. Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel, then macerated for two weeks with numerous remontages and pigeages (the latter done with the winemaker’s feet). The wine is aged in tank for 6 to 8 months.
A dark and structured wine with distinctive tannins, yet surprisingly light on the palate. This wine is redolent of forest smells of mushrooms and blueberries, while also showing some savory, meaty, qualities.