Denis and Didier Berthollier Mondeuse 2014

Denis and Didier Berthollier Mondeuse 2014 | Bottle Price: $17.99 | Case Price: $194.28

 

Story:

Brothers Denis and Didier Berthollier grow beautiful Alpine wines in the Chignin appellation of the Savoie region. The family has a long history of winemaking, dating back several generations. They practice organic wine-making techniques – they have eliminated the use of insecticides and fungicides and ceased the use of weed-killers, enabling grass to grow in the vineyard’s rocky southern slopes. They use only naturally occurring, indigenous yeasts and very minimal SO2. Their wines show poise, finesse, and wonderful purity.

Tasting:

This is 100% Mondeuse. On the nose it offers notes of plum, wild black currant, sour cherry, freesia and black pepper. It has a lovely freshness on the palate with notes of black raspberry, cranberry and purple flowers. It’s clean with well-structured acidity and fine tannins. It clocks in at just 11.5% alcohol making it super food-friendly. A predictable, but delicious pairing would be an alpine cheese and some sausage – try our recipe for a Sausage, White Bean, and Broccoli Rabe Gratin.

More:

Mondeuse is related to the Syrah grape; which makes sense as both grapes have similar characteristics, such as deep purple coloring and peppery spice notes. The wine is dark and brooding but smooth with a touch of something wild. Very charming. The average vine age is between 20-70 years old. Mondeuse is native to the Savoie region, but can also be found in neighboring Switzerland.

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