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Mondeuse (France)

Mondeuse Noir is a French red wine grape from Savoie.

Typical Flavors


Raspberry
Raspberry
Bitter Cherry
Bitter
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum

Violets
Violets
Pepper
Pepper
Forest Leaves
Damp Forest
Graphite
Pencil Shavings

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Cloves
Cloves
Tobacco
Tobacco

Juicy Berries and Spices are typical Mondeuse flavors.

With hints of Bitter Cherry, Violets and Damp Forest.

Profile

Mondeuse tends to be medium to full bodied:

BODYMedium - Full
TANNINSHigh
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
16-18°C (61-64°F)

Food Pairing


Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Beef
Beef

Mondeuse is a mountain wine and pairs best with mountain food.

Mondeuse loves Roasted Lamb and BBQ.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
BBQ. Grilled. Roasts.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms (Portobello).
Grilled Veggetables.
Rich Casseroles. Beef Stew.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Strip Steak. T-Bone. Kobe. Entrecôte.

Cheese:
Aged Cheese. Goat. Cheddar. Gouda. Pecorino.
Blue. Camembert.

If You Like Mondeuse

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Mondeuse

Mondeuse originates from Savoie in Eastern France, close to Piedmont in Northern Italy.

The biggest challenge for Mondeuse is to reach ripeness in the foothills of the Alps.

Cold climate and difficulty to reach ripeness translate into low sugar levels and wines with a moderate ABV (% alcohol). Average percent of alcohol ranges between 12 and 12,5%.

Another cold climate effect is the high acidity and the vegetal-green aromas and flavors.

Often described with rustic taste and tannins.

Dna studies show that Mondeuse Blanche is related to Syrah, main grape in neighboring Côte du Rhône North.

Mondeuse is also DNA related to Corbeau (aka Douce Noir), Charbono in California and Bonarda in Argentina.

Savoie Wine Region

Savoie is a wine region in the French alps, south of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Altesse (aka Roussette) produces the finest white wines in Savoie, while Jacquère is the most planted grape. These are the appellations in Savoie:

  • Vin de Savoie AOP
    White, red, rosé, and sparkling wines (mostly white), made from grape varieties Jacquère (50%), Altesse, Chasselas, Verdesse, Chardonnay, and Roussanne.
  • Rousette de Savoie AOP
    White wines made from Altesse grapes.
  • Seysell AOP
    Dry white and sparkling wines.
  • Crémant de Savoie AOP
    Sparkling wines made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise.

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