2012 Arbin Mondeuse, La Belle Romaine, Château de Mérande, Savoie, France
Matthew Jukes on 2012 Arbin Mondeuse, La Belle Romaine, Château de Mérande, Savoie, France
posted on November 28, 2014 in MoneyWeek
2012 Arbin Mondeuse, La Belle Romaine, Château de Mérande, Savoie, France (£13.67 exc VAT bt, Vine Trail tel. 0117 921 1770)
The beautiful Savoie region of France is more often on my radar from a cheese and skiing point of view than its wines. Granted a number of worthy, rustic, â€˜French Country-styleâ€™ wines are made but they often lack style and panache. This week I have two earth-shatteringly arresting releases for you which will hopefully engage you with this romantic region like never before. I have never drunk a Mondeuse (a local red grape) that I loved until La Belle Romaine hit my glass â€“ this is an aromatically gripping red with stem and leaf notes freshening the glistening plum-soaked core. It is the proud possessor of devastatingly pure palate and a very long finish, too. Biodynamically farmed this intrinsic link with its soil and surroundings has surely heightened this wineâ€™s characteristics to hitherto unknown levels of purity. Very little oak gets in the way, too. Buy this wine for a glimpse into the future of Mondeuse. Also, track down this elegant, silky 2012 Chignin, Le Jaja, Berlioz (£16.95, same merchants). This is my favourite dry white Savoie wine of all time. Whoâ€™d a thought it? You wait all of your life and two life-changing Savoie wines come along in the same week!