Nicolas Gonin, Mondeuse 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Known as the patron saint of orphan grapes, Nicolas Gonin spends much of his time unearthing long forgotten grape varieties and documenting his findings.
Isère is a lesser known area of the Savoie region of France, south of Jura and west of the Alps. Before phylloxera ravaged France in the late 1880s, Isère boasted a whopping amount of vines. The region was then planted with hybrids, and due to lack of organization to form an AOC in WWII, viticulture practically disappeared. In enters Nicolas Gonin; after having worked for Domaine Tempier in Bandol, he found himself researching ampelography during his enological studies. Curiosity led to Nicolas spending time between both his domaine and nursery where he traces the lineage of ancient grapes while trying to bring back the lost varieties of his region.
Mondeuse is a variety unique to the Savoie region of France. It has the flavors of Gamay with its red fruit and floral notes, but has the grip and peppered notes of Syrah. It's a varietal meant for aging.