2015 Domaine Dupasquier Vin de Savoie Mondeuse
Region: France, Savoie
Grape Varieties: Mondeuse
Dry medium-bodied red; aromatic, deep | Smoked meats, even West Texas BBQ!
Mondeuse is an indigenous Savoie grape variety known for its powerful colour and flavour. Given their genetic linkage, we often use Mondeuse to illustrate what Syrah (especially Côte-Rôtie) used to be like – sweetly floral, with a hint of pepper, and a stubborn streak of minerality. Sadly, it’s become almost impossible to find Syrahs made in that style nowadays, but we’re thankful we still have this lovely Mondeuse. It’s slightly sappier than Syrah, of course, and there’s a bit more precision from the chalk terroir.
We count ourselves very lucky to represent the fifth generation of Dupasquiers to work the western slopes of Lake Bourget as siblings David and Véronique are gradually taking over from their father Noël.
This little-known region is less than 10km east of the Rhône River, and clinging to the shadow of the Alps. It boasts a fascinating geology, with streaks of Kimmeridigian chalk screes on the Mont du Chat, and cappucino swirls of marl and dark limestone on the Cluse de Chambéry. To mitigate the cooling effects of altitude, Dupasquier sites are on the West slopes of Lake Bourget, where their vines can soak up sunlight reflecting picturesquely off the surface of the serene water. Due to the steep gradient of the banks, many sites across the Dupasquiers' 14 hectares of vines can only be harvested by hand. Additionally, in order to encourage biodiversity in the vineyards, only every other row of vines is ploughed.