Grapelive Wine of the Week
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Andre & Michel Quenard, Chignin Mondeuse, Vieilles Vignes, Vin de Savoie, French Red.
This beautiful and sexy red is imported by Kermit Lynch and will certainly do for the Savoie what Jean Foillard did for Beaujolais and become a underground favorite I’m sure. Like the great Cru Beaujolais, 2009 is promising to be the break through vintage for the mountainous region of Savoie. This Glorious Mondeuse is rich and fruit driven with deep richness and spicy character, the flavors take you from silky Pinot Noir like class, then to violets and blueberry reminding you of Syrah, before ending with Gamay like fruity infused wild strawberry. So you all mix that and some pepper and Cayanne spices plus mountain herbs and fennel and you there you have the unique essence of this interesting and suave red.
($36 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive