Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle Mondeuse 'Le Tithonien' 2019
The favoured red grape in the French Alps is Mondeuse and the Tiolliers' version is packed with bright berry scents and savoury red fruit flavours. It drinks well very lightly chilled, so bring on the cheese and charcuterie... or raclette on a chilly evening!
At Domaine de l'Idylle, in the village of Cruet, brothers Philippe and François Tiollier produce a range of classic wines by traditional methods. This red Mondeuse is supple and sapid with a bright palate of hedgerow fruit over fine-grained tannins - the perfect wine to bring some colour to your cheeks after a hard day on the ski slopes.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Mondeuse|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Cheese, Pasta|
|Cellarage||Best drunk within 3 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Picked by hand at optimum ripeness, the Mondeuse grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats at a low temperature. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, and is then filtered and bottled in the spring.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12|
Domaine de L'Idylle (Phillippe & François Tiollier)
Savoie is an ancient and isolated vine area which deploys idiosyncratic grape varieties (originally introduced by monks from Chartreuse) that are seldom encountered elsewhere – Jacquére and Roussette for white wines and Mondeuse for reds. The Tiollier family has nurtured vines in and around the village of Cruet on the steep slopes of the Isère valley for generations. Situated in the Regional Nature Reserve of the Massif des Baugeas, Philippe and François's vines are spread over 47 acres of prime terroir and their fastidious approach to winemaking has turned Domaine de l'Idylle into a self-sustaining viticultural enterprise. Overgrown and abandoned parcels of vines have been carefully cleared and replanted and state of the art equipment has been installed in the ancient cellars.
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