Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Close
Home Shop All Wines


Main Menu
Shop All Wines

Producers

Producers

Producers

Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines
Shop All Wines

2015 Savoie Chignin Mondeuse “Vieilles Vignes”

André & Michel Quenard

2015 Savoie Chignin Mondeuse “Vieilles Vignes”  André & Michel Quenard - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Scaling the western flank of the French Alps, the Savoie region is off the beaten path for most travelers. Yet those who do visit this mountainous haven will be thrilled to discover stunning scenery, delicious local cuisine, and a thriving Alpine wine culture based on a variety of indigenous grapes. This Chignin bottling from the Quenard family, a local winemaking authority boasting several generations’ worth of experience, spotlights seventy-year-old Mondeuse vines clinging to steep, high-altitude limestone rubble—an extreme terroir that requires serious determination and physical endurance to farm. While Mondeuse can tend toward the rustic, this one is refined for a year in wood foudres before bottling. It has often been likened to a cross between Pinot Noir and Syrah: bright, elegant, and floral, with suggestions of wild fruit, blood, and minerals.

Anthony Lynch

$29.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Mondeuse
Appellation: Vin de Savoie
Country: France
Region: Savoie
Producer: André & Michel Quenard
Winemaker: André & Michel Quenard
Vineyard: 70 years, 2.8 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wine is aged in foudre for one year before bottling
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12%

More from this Producer or Region

About Savoie

Fifteen or twenty years ago, there was little buzz about the wines of Savoie, the Alpine region hugging the Swiss and Italian borders. In fact, most wines from Savoie were some combination of overcropped, thin, searingly acidic, and painfully rustic; even the best examples rarely made it out of the local mountain resorts, where they were served as an après-ski to wash down many a melty croque-monsieur.

But all that has changed, and today Savoie produces a number of top-quality wines in all styles, from simple thirst-quenchers to wines of substantial gravity. Kermit sought out some of these wines early in his career, having imported the spritzy, mineral whites of Apremont and Chignin in the late 1970s.

With vineyards at the foot of the Alps that occasionally climb to higher elevations, Savoie is defined by its mountain-influenced climate and extremely rocky terrain, with abundant limestone. Thanks to a diversity of indigenous grape varieties, quality-oriented growers with the choicest parcels—steep and well-exposed—can craft anything from crisp, low-alcohol whites from Jacquère to deep, gamey reds from Mondeuse. More serious whites are made from Altesse as well as Bergeron, the local name for Roussanne, which the Romans planted on the slopes of Chignin around the same time as they introduced it to the Rhône Valley.

Savoie’s diversity of styles and distinct sub-regions, from Arbin to Seyssel to the Bugey (technically not a part of Savoie, but included here for convenience) makes it a fascinating region for the thirsty explorer. There is no better place to look for brisk mountain refreshment.

More from Savoie or France

Bugey-Cerdon “La Cueille”

Patrick Bottex  France  |  Savoie  |  Vin du Bugey

$23.00
$29.00

Petit Royal

Lambert de Seyssel  France  |  Savoie  |  Seyssel

$19.00

2011 Royal Seyssel

Lambert de Seyssel  France  |  Savoie  |  Seyssel

$24.00

2015 Saint-Aubin “Murgers des Dents de Chien”

Domaine Larue  France  |  Burgundy  |  Saint-Aubin

$54.00

2014 Pic Saint Loup Rouge “Mourvèdre”

Château La Roque   France  |  Languedoc-Roussillon  |  Languedoc Pic Saint Loup

$22.00

2014 Haut-Médoc

Château Aney  France  |  Bordeaux  |  Haut Médoc

$24.00

2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Gorges”

Domaine Michel Brégeon  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet

$40.00
$95.00

2016 Vouvray “La Cuvée des Fondraux”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$24.00

N.V. Brut 1er Cru “Grande Réserve”

Veuve Fourny & Fils  France  |  Champagne  |  Vertus

$47.00

2015 Riesling “Réserve”

Albert Boxler  France  |  Alsace  |  Alsace

$56.00

I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

Close
Close

Add a new credit card

Please complete the form below.

Cancel
Close

Add a new shipping address

Please complete your shipping address below.
Cancel
Close
Close

Site Credits

Design

Offset

Commerce

Figure

Photography