Wine of the Week: A reward!
This week we had our annual dugnad where I live. Autumn has worked hard on the threes surrounding our building so there was a lot of leaves to sweep up. And this being Bergen and October we were graced with rain, a lot of rain, to make the job even more “fun”. So, when we were finished it was good to pop open a bottle of red and enjoy the rest of the evening.
The wine I chose I feel is perfect for autumn evenings. It is from Savoie and for those who have been there or have seen our story from Savoie you know the forest surroundings really leave their mark on the wines from this area.
The wine I chose I feel is perfect for autumn evenings. It is from Savoie and for those who have been there or have seen our story from Savoie you know the forest and mountain surroundings really leave their mark on the wines from this area.
This weeks wine is from Jean-Charles Girard-Madoux who founded his Domaine in 2006, after repurchasing vineyards once owned by his grandfather. The Domaine has quickly become a reference point producer of native Savoyard varietals such as Jacquere and Mondeuse and it is the Mondeuse-grape that is focus for this week’s wine.
The Mondeuse is produced from 50 year old vines perched on vertiginous slopes (30-60%) near the village of Chignin, just south of Geneva, Switzerland. Made from hand-harvested Mondeuse grapes and whole-cluster fermented using native yeasts, this beautiful low alcohol red features high-toned cherry flavours and spiciness, mild tannins and firm acidity that bears more than a passing resemblance to Syrah, its distant relative and near-neighbour.
Domaine Jean Charles Girard Madoux Mondeuse 2017 - 180 kr
Very delicate and fine bouquet with hints of red berries, raspberries and fresh strawberries with hints of the forest after a rainfall. Not a lot of tannins so it’s very soft to drink. But good acidity gives it the structure it needs. In the mouth the red berries continue with raspberries, blackberries and cherry. Great to drink alone but will also handle lighter meals with chicken or ham.
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