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Mondeuse Blanche

A rarity from the French Alps - and Syrah's parent. Go figure! Exotic in flavour & very dry.


Source
France
White

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2013
SKU
3314010
Composition
Mondeuse Blanche 100%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
12 %
Stock
51
Last tasted
2017
Keep until
2020
Aged in
Steel
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
France
Colour
White
Region
Savoie
Variety
Mondeuse Blanche
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Aged in
Steel

More about this wine

Why we have it
It's a rare Alpine grape made beautifully into a crisp clean wine. How could we not have it?
Why choose this
You like crystalline and crisp. Or you're exploring rare ancient grapes. Or you want to try the parent of Syrah and puzzle over how it happened.
What to expect
Surprisingly exotic but very crisp.
How to serve it
Serve around 10°C, chilled but not too chilled.
Food matches
Classic white wine matches really. But I love it with trout or arctic char, or even perch if you can get it. Especially pan fried with lemon, garlic, parsley and toasted hazelnut.

Mondeuse Blanche is a rarity but it has had a huge impact. This is the ancestor of no less than both Syrah and Viognier and it survived just up the side valleys that eventually merge into the Rhône.

There are only between 5 and 10 hectares left (thankfully this is increasing again).

It went out of fashion because in lazy hands, Mondeuse can make very sharp wine (the hint is in some of its alternative names which are "aigre" - i.e. sour).

Of course, in the right hands it's got delightful potential and we only buy from the right hands, like here at Philippe Grisard.



In Depth

Mondeuse Blanche is not related to the red Mondeuse, it's just the habit that people had to use the same name for their local wines.

Tasting Notes

2013: .

The wine is floral at first, then hazelnuts and rich plum flavours come out.

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