Mondeuse, Philippe et Francois Tiollier, Domaine de l’Idylle, Vin de Savoie AC, France, 2009, 12% abv., US$40

IMG_7815This bottle got a little lost in my wine cellar, and then you know, there was a pandemic, so we opened it at age 13 years. The cork broke and that made me worried we were going to be dealing with something less than lovely. But I was very wrong – it was absolutely stunning.

Mondeuse is a grape native to Savoie, and this wine was produced by an independent vigneron, the fifth generation since 1840, located east of Lyon and south of Geneva on the eastern French border with Switzerland.

Translucent garnet, it has a fabulously perfumed nose with black pepper, violets, boysenberry and leather belt. The dry palate goes deep with more purple flowers, black pepper, plum, blueberry and leather.  Mondeuse is related to Syrah and it shows in this sample.

We enjoyed it alongside pork chops with mushroom sauce, tossed salad with strawberries and basalmic vinaigrette, and corn on the cob.  If you’re holding, and you’d be lucky as that would be unlikely at this point in time, enjoy it now.

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