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