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Monday, November 14, 2011

Something New - Mondeuse

In terms of wine, there are few things that make me happier than to try something new and completely different from anything I’ve had - it’s exciting and I know I’m learning something, and at the same time enjoying it.

2007 Domaine Thierry Tissot Vin du Bugey Mataret Mondeuse

Last night I tried something new - the 2007 Domaine Theirry Tissot Vin du Bugey Mataret - 100% Mondeuse.  I’m pretty sure I’ve never tried a Mondeuse before but I’m so glad I did.  Mondeuse grows in a few regions around the world but it’s far from being popular, and the region where it’s probably best known is Savoie, an Alpine sort of region in France.  Knowing that it’s from a cooler climate area, I figured it would be sleek and elegant and it was just that.  Somewhat similar to a Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir from the cool wine regions of Germany) but in my opinion more complex than a Spatburgunder, the wine is a reddish color with an almost crimson rim, not particularly viscous (indicating the 12% alcohol), it shows characteristics of red fruit, somewhat tart cherry and red plum, gentle spices, bright acidity making it quite food friendly, and a smooth, velvety texture from its soft tannins.  The wine is relatively light but has enough depth and weight to pair up even to meat dishes, but it’s also perfect for sipping.  The finish is long and continues to reflect the fruit and spice characteristics.
I really enjoyed this Mondeuse, and I’d be happy to try others.  I’ve also got some interesting reds and whites planned for the near future and will be blogging about them.

1 comment:

  1. Sleek and elegant, with characteristics of red fruit? Now I'm intrigued!