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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  • It's vintage dependent. I really liked the 2012 Syrah, somewhat more than ... than the 2013. Same with the Mondeuse. But I don't know if it's the additional time or the vintages. I love that she's doing those and isn't replanting with Cab, which is what I'd probably do. But in the end there's also a deliciousness factor that we have to include... Read More

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  • I like her Tribidrag much more. The Mondeuse was something I really wanted to like and I wished I liked it more. It was fairly one-dimensional and tannic. In a way kind of like a Petite Sirah can be - big and tannic and kind of impenetrable without a lot of layers, at least none that were immediately discernable. Kind of bitter too. I left it de... Read More

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  • Way to take this one Greg...By the way...What's your tasting note on Lagier Meredith Mondeuse? Read More

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  • Domaine Fabien Trosset Savoie Mondeuse Cru Albin Cuvee Molatrer 2015


    some purple hue, berries on nose, takes some time to open up to reveal juicy raspberry notes Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • 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

    Wine review by duncan 906

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