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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  • D - it's the VV. I haven't had either for years. Just from memory, they ... Dolcetto or more recently a Mondeuse. Other grapes and blends can be one note wonders but when I find something dense and tannic, with a single dominant but vague fruit element and an astringent quality, I mentally place it in that category. And to be sure, that does no... Read More

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  • I find my 1995 Madiran a bit dry/tart for my taste and am considering blending the remaining four bottles with a Cabernet.  Any objections?  Suggestions?  March 25, 2016  Read More

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  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... ... Chalone, even used some mondeuse for blending at one point. Overall California needs syrah additions even less than current Burgundians do, what with use of Color Pro and Color X and other enzymes, longer seasons between set and harvest leading to much riper grapes g... Read More

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  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my jet-lagged self to Alsace, France to tour a few wineries there (a couple hours from Frankfurt). BUT- I'm not really into white wines as much as reds, though I don't mind Gewurtzraminer and Dry Riesling.But I am thinking of taking a day off toward the end of the week. I can get pre... Read More

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  • Club Montania' Vin de Savoie Mondeuse 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... is a ... is a trademark they use.The mondeuse grape is native to Savoy although some beleive it is related to syrah. I started my bottle last night with my sausage supper and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a plum and blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins are very s... Read More

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  • You'll buy some more of the same vintage, or of the '13?'13, Jon. ... new releases of Syrah and Mondeuse.  I might also go for one or two examples of their "Chester's Anvil" labe Read More

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  • JD, Mondeuse would definitely fit in here nicely, I still need to find some for myself.Mark, for me half the fun is the hunt. There are only about a half dozen decent wine stores here in Charlotte and I've gotten to know a lot of the folks that work in or own these places.  I think they really enjoy seeing a customer like me (I hope) who isn't j... Read More

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  • Glad you enjoyed the Chatus, VVI suppose I could have put in my "Vin de Savoie" Mondeuse in this thread, but even if I had, the Chatus takes it to another level. Read More

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  • Couple nice wines here...the NSG Pruliers was on day 2, but in fine form. ... ... while I'm sure.The 2012 Mondeuse also showed very well, nice and medium rich fruit, this showed more fig and currant with a slightly bitter effect, along with more of a vegetal, elegant feel to it. Definitely a nice wine, though not quite as thought provoking as ... Read More

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  • Agree, Jon.  I have, at least, heard of Mondeuse, before.v v, you must look under a heck of a lot of rocks to find the gems that you report on.  Good work. Read More

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