Grape: 100% Monduese
Region: Arbin, Savoie, France
Food pairing: Roasted quails
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2025
Why You'll Love It?
The 2015 vintage will be legendary in France for red wine, think 1945, 1961, 1990. This is from the oldest vines at Trosset, some 80 years old. The most highly regarded of all Savoie reds is the Mondeuse from the steep slopes of Arbin and the Trosset brothers produce the finest Arbin Mondeuse, from just 4 hectares of impeccably tended vines on the steep, imposing slopes behind their home.
They farm their 13 parcels by hand which would be difficult as all the vines are trained low 'en gobelet' (bush vines). Their viticulture is not certified organic but they don't use any chemicals and encourage soil activity, Louis thinks that the earthworms that pass two or three times through his soil each year do a great job!
In the cellar the grapes are fermented using natural yeasts 'vendage entier' (whole bunch) each parcel fermented separately in tank over about 10 days with daily 'remontage', before being pressed using an old basket press. The wines then mature, also only in tank, until they are carefully blended and bottled.
Deep purple red colour. Precise fruit flavours, blackcurrant, blueberries, cassis & liquorice. Medium bodied, elegant & vibrant mountain wine. This is superb and will cellar incredibly well, the delicate nuance and length of flavour conferred by the old vines is at play here. Think Pinot x Gamay.