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  • 50. Mondeuse AC 2013, La Deuse

    Gilles Berlioz

    85% Mondeuse, 15% Persan (10% alc.)

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    La Deuse is a memory of times past when many wines’ alcohol levels were between 8-10 degrees – a pre-Parker golden age!  Persan adds a little tannic structure and intense red fruits to the typical mondeuse flavour and aromas of violets, black fruits and pepper.  Very sappy, racy fruit, with a wonderful texture and real digestibility. For drinking now to 2020.

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Further details
Winemaker
Gilles Berlioz
Location
Le Viviers, Chignin
Size of domaine
3 hectares (sold 2.8 hectares to concentrate on producing quality wines and convert to agro-bio).
Grape
50-year-old Mondeuse (this not the Italian Refosco as is often wrongly written). NB Rhône syrah is a natural cross between Dureza (black berries grape from the Ardèche and Mondeuse Blanche from Savoie). 9000 vines per hectare, massale selection.
Terroir
Glacial debris & limestone on lower mountain slopes. Southerly aspect, 30% slope.
Viticulture
Practiced bio-dynamic viticulture since 2006 and certified Eco-cert (organic). Ploughs and hoes the soil. 4 to 5 bunches of grapes per vine, or 35 hectos per hectare. Debuds, but never vendanges en vert, and leaf thins towards the end of August, looking for maximum aeration of the grape bunch. Hand harvested in 2 tries.
Vinification
Not destalked – the stalks that go into the cuves are ripe. Grape bunches directly into fermentation cuves with no addition of sulphur. Macerates for 30 days with 1 pigeage every 3-4 days. The fermentation temperature is a low 15°C. Pressed using pneumatic press and transferred into a fibreglass cuve where malos take place. Bottled in May after a light filtering with just a touch of sulphur.
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