We rarely drink three nights on the trot (bar on holidays – what are they, I hear you ask), but the day had been long and exhausting, with constant issues and problems to solve - so there we are!
In my defence, this evening’s wine is light – 11.5% to be precise - and if any red can pull such low ABV off, Mondeuse is the one:
Made by a very good Domaine (they make a good Crémant, as well as a delicious Rousette de Savoie), it’s a lovely if rustic example of the grape. In fact, this would make an ideal lunchtime bistro red.
Colour is gorgeous – ruby red with magenta glinting from the rim; on the nose there’s violets first, then bramble, cherries and berries with maybe a touch of pepperiness. On the palate it is light with youthful notes of crunchy forest berries and bramble dusted with some spice, and quite a hit of violets too – or ‘ultraviolet’, as the husband referred to it. It slips down easily, for sure – but lacks, in my opinion, the feral and slightly unruly charm not to mention structure, of better examples such as La Belle Romaine or Le Comte Rouge from Chateau de Merande, stocked by the Society once upon a time.
On the whole, though, a delightful and quaffable red, which will work nicely with our goat burgers, I’m sure. Penance tomorrow!
What are you drinking this (truncated) mid-week?