Mondeuse is a varietal with origins in the Savoie and is also found in Switzerland, Sicily, Argentina, Australia and even parts of California. According to Charles Neal, who imports this wine, Mondeuse is that rare grape which even in very hot years like 2003, retains its high acidity and low alcohol, making for wines that reach 12% or 12.5% maximum alcohol. It typically produces lighter bodied, fairly aromatic wines with bright acidity and well integrated tannins (depending on where it’s grown in Savoie and who makes it.) This just happens to be made by one of the better producers in Savoie, Edmund Jacquin, so of course the wine shows the pretty character for which the grape is known and just happens to be really delicious. It's a versatile wine that drinks equally well on its own or when paired with salty salumi/cured meats and hard mountain cheeses of the variety made in the beautiful Alps of France!