Earlier this year Edward unveiled the "Wine Drinker's Dilemma", a simple sketch highlighting the oenophile's frustration that we will never, ever, have the chance to taste as many of the world's wines as we would like. But rather than despair, this simple sketch has inspired me to continuously experiment with new grapes and appellations...
The 2005 Stephane Tissot "En Barberon" is a Pinot Noir from the Côtes de Jura appellation in France, and was my first Jura red. A nose of peppery sausage, vanilla, dark berry fruit, cedar and floral notes. Crisp and spicy on the palate, with green woodsy tannins and a chalky/minerally texture. A lengthy finish with great acidity and tannins, this Jura seems to have a few years of aging in it. Perhaps a touch heavy on the oak, but I loved the way it framed the crisp fruit. Reminiscent of a nice Burgundy red, a terrific pinot effort at this price point (if you could find it).
cork. 13% alcohol
Price: C$30.75 (SAQ)
PS - Last year I enjoyed my first Jura wine, a Stephane Tissot chardonnay from the Arbois in Jura - another success from this winemaker.