From the winery "Mondeuse aged in oak barrels: for a few years, we have been maturing part of the Mondeuse in oak barrels, which gives it a different personality. It is entirely produced and aged in our cellars in Jongieux in Savoy – France. We reserve our best plots for this breeding. Entonnage is done in the spring following the harvest and the wine remains in barrels for 10 to 12 months. We then age this wine for an additional 9 to 12 months in vats. We do not use new barrels so as not to mark our wines and thus lose the characteristics so typical of the Mondeuse. This fruity, spicy, lightly roasted wine presents elegant tannins. If you like the Mondeuse, you will be pleasantly surprised by this oak barrel version."
Producer Information: Domaine Chevallier Bernard
Chantal Chevallier met Jean-Pierre Bernard at the Lycée in Beaune. She originates from Savoie, whilst he was raised in the Beaujolais. Prior to 1996, Chantal worked as a vineyard consultant in the Beaujolais, whilst Jean-Pierre ran a négociant business in the region.
Today, they work thirteen hectares in the commune of Jongieux. There are two hectares of Altesse, with 0.75 planted in the cru of Marestel, plus a similar amount of Mondeuse, with the balance made up of Jacquère and Gamay. They have a modest planting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, grown in Billième, just to the south of Jongieux, used in their tiny production of Crémant de Savoie. Everything on the domaine is hand-harvested.