Alpine France - Chardonnay - Mondeuse Noire
Chardonnay is an international grape variety that originated in eastern central France, a natural cross between Pinot and Gouais Blanc. It is an immensely versatile and phenomenally popular variety. And for me it shines brightest in our cool climate.
France is the great wine nation - but you won't find Bordeaux or classic Côtes du Rhône here! We head for the foothills of the Alps for far rarer, more interesting bottles.
Beaujolais is the "first hint of the Alps" and the home of fantastic Gamay.
Savoie is in the mountainous areas just south of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and the border with Switzerland all the way to Lyon and the Rhone valley.
Beaujolais Villages Blanc Cuvée Chantemerle Jérome LacondemineA beautifully complex Chardonnay that ages like a dream
Mondeuse Rouge "Saint Jean de la Porte" Maison Philippe GrisardSpicy Mondeuse Rouge.
Beaujolais Blanc Domaine des BravesDelicious Chardonnay that punches way above its price
Mondeuse Tradition Edmond Jacquin et FilsDark and fruity Mondeuse, the mysterious stranger
Mondeuse "Les Taillis" Rouge de Savoie Domaine St-GermainSuperb Mondeuse showing the fruit and the wild side of Mondeuse.