2009 Vin de Savoie Roussette «Marestel»
We will admit that our first experience with this fabled wine left us puzzled – it was late winter, the low atmospheric pressure seemed to dampen all our senses, and the wine (a 1990) was unyielding. We came back to the bottle the next morning, and it was gloriously multi-layered, with stunning textural depth. The 2009 will repay patience, but if one must drink it now, a 6-8 hour decant is highly recommended. Try it with an assortment of lightly salted and roasted nuts, or just bread (sourdough) and butter (salted).
2009 Vin de Savoie Mondeuse
Given their genetic linkage, we often use Mondeuse to illustrate what Syrah (especially Côte-Rôtie) used to be like – sweetly floral, with a hint of pepper, and a stubborn streak of minerality. Sadly, it’s become almost impossible to find Syrahs made in that style nowadays, but we’re thankful we still have this lovely Mondeuse. It’s slightly sappier than Syrah, of course, and there’s a bit more precision from the chalk terroir.