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2015 Savoie Arbin Mondeuse “Terres Brunes”

A. & M. Quenard

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 idyllic region hugs the western Alps, where Michel Quenard farms twenty-two hectares of vineyards along the steep, terraced slopes of the Coteau de Torméry around Chignin.
    In the hands of the Quenards, a family boasting several generations’ worth of experience, the local Mondeuse grape finds a natural home here, creating wines that marry the bright, floral nature of a Pinot Noir with the juiciness of Gamay and the chewy, animal element of Syrah. Most Savoie reds are fairly light in body, but not this one: it is a thick, dense, and rather wild trip to Alpine red wine paradise. 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

$32.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Mondeuse
Appellation: Vin de Savoie
Country: France
Region: Savoie
Producer: André & Michel Quenard
Winemaker: André & Michel Quenard
Vineyard: 40 to 50 years, 1 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged for 11 months, 50% in stainless steel tank, 50% in foudre
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12%

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About Savoie

map of 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.

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