The proud area of Poisy in Haute-Savoie, in close proximity to the majestic Mont Blanc, is home to these unique Mondeuse grapes. Covering a total area of two hectares, the vineyards stand divided on three impressively steep slopes, at altitudes between 350 and 450 metres. These are three terrains, spread over Desingy, Collonges and Peillonnex, where the soil is a fascinating combination of calcareous clay, glacial drift and rock. With a yield of 25 hl/h, 90% of the grapes are de-stemmed to avoid too much adherence and mature over two winters in older barrels before the honest and untreated wine is bottled.
Its colour is a deep yet subtly translucent purple.
The bouquet of the "Quintessence de Mondeuse" is a remarkable synthesis of density and darkness and at the same time transparency and a refreshing freshness. It smells wonderfully of elderberries and blackberries with a fine sweetness and mixed notes of graphite and ink, cinnamon and marzipan as well as a hint of warm forest floor.
On the palate, the "Quintessence de Mondeuse" reveals a remarkable duality between concentration and transparency, darkness and brightness. It is reminiscent of a high mountain Syrah with distinguishable notes of blackberries, crisp plums, cherries and a hint of bitter almonds, zest and juice of blood oranges, a little bresaola and pepper. Yet the tannins are supple and the acidity clear and defined - almost like a mountain stream in its pristine freshness.
Alternative food recommendations
Its intense, subtle characteristics make this wine the perfect complement to dishes such as grilled tuna with a savoury Chinese spice blend, slow-roasted Caribbean-style roast beef or traditional Swiss cheese fondue.
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