Mondeuse (aka. Refosco, Gros Syrah)

This characterful red grape grown in France’s alpine Savoie region is known as Refosco in hills of northern Italy. In both regions, given proper vineyard selection, the vine yields grapes that can produce concentrated red wines with high tannin levels and acidity. Alternatively known as Gros Syrah in France, though it is not related to Syrah (Shiraz) or Petite Sirah (Durif). Adding to the confusion, it was recently revealed by U.C Davis' Carole Meredith that the Petite Sirah vines grown in California were not only Durif, but also Mondeuse amongst other varietals. Mondeuse's acreage in North America is minor, most of which is in California, often planted by Cal-Ital wineries such as Montevina, who prefers to label it under its Refosco moniker. A few acres can also be found in Southern Oregon.

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  • Emark - you got it. If they have Zinfandel, they shouldn't also list it by ... by ... and then we move on.Mondeuse is more interesting though. I wouldn't mind trying a few more of those out of C Read More

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  • Mark, I believe Mondeuse should absolutely qualify as a less than 1% grape for CA.I have a couple bottles of the 2011 to look forward to.The Tribidrag they produce is really Zinfandel, though because Carole is who she is the call it Tribidrag. Read More

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  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't ... has a varietal bottling of Mondeuse from Mount Veeder.  I imagine that Mondeuse did not make GregT's list because it is possible that the quantity of Mondeuse plantings in California can be measurde in physicla plants in the LM vineyard rather than acres.I have a bottle of ea... Read More

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  • Savoie Arbin Mondeuse Jean Perrier et Fils 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Very cool, OT, I look forward to your report.  The linked report on the ... that excited me about the Mondeuse.Edit 3 minutes later.  I just looked at the report on the vertical again.  THEY SERVED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES????????????????That is awesome. I'll bet, though, that they weren't as good as Peggy's.   : Read More

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  •   Not pictured because my phone died:2010 Ridge Lytton Springs2001 ... ... Wine - Field blend of Mondeuse, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel and a host of others from a small vineyard they saved from destruction between Harlan Estate and To Kalon. This was a shiner and ended up my #2 red WOTN. Stellar.2011 Turley Hayne Zinfandel2011 Turley L... Read More

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  • Domaine de la Idylle Mondeuse Savoie Mondeuse 2011


    I bought a bottle of this wine from a shop in Wiltshire [ ] for ... and Francois Tiollier. The mondeuse grape is native to Savoy although DNA analysis has shown that it is related to other grapes particularly syrah. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast duck and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of blackcurrant,cher... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • There goes another paycheck. ******     "These are ... power-packed! And the Mondeuse? Not a lot of that around. Upon tasting it (blind, mind you), we were astonished at the complex blend of rich dense blue fruit (blueberries, anyone?). An extremely unique varietal originally from the far-eastern Savoie region of France! - Arrives one week. 20... Read More

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  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might ... ... with some interplanted Mondeuse, Carignane, and Counoise all on their own rootstock. Soil is fine, sandy loam and decomposed granite on the west side of the AVA in an oxbow of the Mokelumne River, which, along with the typically delta breezes, helps to make ... Read More

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  • So I'm a day late, sue me. Wednesday night a few of us got together in Napa ... ... Meredith brought their Mondeuse . A bottle I had a hard time finding descriptors for because it was so unique. Trying to think what variety I could compare it to. Sort of a woodsy Pinot with a Syrah chaser. They grow their Mondeuse differently than the French d... Read More

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