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Domaine Trosset Fabien Arbin Mondeuse Malatret 2015
Leading producer of Mondeuse Arbin Savoie, Fabien Trosset cultivates this grape over 13 hectares of vines. The work around this unique grape variety has only gain reputation and is one of the references of Savoy.
Soils (chalky clay and red clay) forward to the vine amount of highly beneficial trace elements to the vine and grape quality.
Mondeuse Arbin and gives a red wine that is gaining famous personality and flexibility after a few years (to 10 years), developing as desired scents of violet characteristics and spices (pepper notes) and fruit flavors black and red (raspberries, cherries, blackberries, blackcurrants ...) and an end in round and supple palate with silky tannins.
Tucked up into the sheltered foothills of the Alps where conditions vary considerably from one spot to the next, the vineyards of Savoie are widely dispersed within three main growing districts. These are Seyssel, Bugey and general Savoie. Within these are 16 different cru vineyard areas.
The region boasts a large number of unique indigenous grapes, incidentally unrelated to any nearby regions’ varieties. The styles here tend toward organic and traditional. In the past, the dynamic summer and winter tourist population consumed most Savoie wine before it could leave the area but the recent interest in esoteric varieties and natural, artisan wine has brought a renewed interest to Savoie.
In Savoie's most northern vineyards near Lake Geneva, the Chasselas grape dominates. Moving south, the white grape known as Altesse (also sometimes called Roussette) is responsible for Roussette de Savoie as well as Roussette de Seyssel.
Just north of Chambéry the white, Jacquère grows in the cru of Jongieux, along with Altesse, and Chardonnay. In the cru of Chautagne, the red grapes Gamay, Pinot Noir, and, especially, the local Mondeuse do well.
Chambéry, once famous for its vermouth, contains the crus of Abymes, Apremont, Arbin, Chignin and Cruet.
Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.