Domaine Chevallier Bernard,




    Bottle size: 750 ml,

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    Chantal Chevallier met Jean-Pierre Bernard at the Lycée in Beaune. She originates from Savoie, whilst he was raised in the Beaujolais. Chantal’s parents had moved from mixed farming in 1970 to specialise in vineyards. Today, they work thirteen hectares. There are 2ha of Altesse, with 0.75 planted in the cru of Marestel, plus a similar amount of Mondeuse, Jacquère and Gamay. Everything on the domaine is hand-harvested.

    In The Cellar
    In the cellar, Mondeuse is adaptable and can be vinified using carbonic maceration, or more traditional methods or, with partial de-stemming, or something in between. It also adapts well to oak-aging, given the tannic nature of the grape. Generally, it has a juicy acidity, low alcohol and a slight bitter cherry fruit profile.

    In The Vineyard
    Mondeuse. The local and most famous red variety of the region has around 250 hectares across the total vineyard area, although it remains in second place to Gamay. The grape fell from favour post-phylloxera, given its parsimonious yields and late ripening, which made it unreliable to deliver a decent crop. More recently, it has enjoyed a local revival, as younger producers look to make authentic, local wines.
    Mondeuse is a typical Savoyard grape (it is one of the grandparents of Syrah). We cultivate it on 3 hectares in the towns of Jongieux and Billième in Savoy - France. Its clusters are large and the berries are bluish black. This variety produces tannic wines with a crimson red color, robust, rich in aromas of red fruits and spices.