This is a red wine from the Savoie region of Eastern France. Nestled in amongst the Alpine mountains, Domaine de L’Idylle is located in the village of Cruet and it’s here that brothers Philippe and Francois Tiollier and more recently Philippe’s eldest son Sylvain produce their classic wines. Mondeuse; the favoured red grape in the French Alps, though unusual, is closely related to the much more prolific Syrah grape and was brought to this area by Monks from Chartreuse. Packed with bright berry notes, savoury red fruits, and a delicate spicy character this is certainly a wine to explore and discover.
Savoie is an isolated and ancient area in terms of winemaking, Jacquere and Roussette are the main grapes used for the whites, while Mondeuse is the predominant red variety. The Tiollier family have nurtured vines here since 1840 and have worked to tame the wild vineyards on the steep slopes of the Isere Valley. Many overgrown and abandoned vines were cleared from the Vineyards and state of the art equipment has been installed in the ancient cellars to help ensure the quality of the wine. This is a spicy, complex and fruit driven wine with hints of violet supported with fine grained tannins which is particularly enjoyable when slightly chilled; no wonder it’s a popular choice at Apres-Ski! We enjoyed this alongside a variety of charcuterie and cheeses, Raclette making for a superb partner. 12% ABV.