Domaine Des Cotes Rousses, Les Montagnes Rousses, 2018
Dark fruit, Violets, Spice
Domaine Des Cotes Rousses
Vin De Savoie AOC, Savoie
This is a cuvée named after the red clay typical of the famous mondeuse cru of St-Jean-de-la-Porte. 20yo vines, 100% whole bunches, very gentle extraction , ageing in terracotta and demi-muids to give the purest expression of the grape. Bottled with very low levels of sulphur. At around 10-15mg.
*Mondeuse has been proven to be related to Syrah. They are not sure exactly whether it is parent, Off spring or sibling but it can give you an idea of flavour profile. If you like reds of the Northern Rhone chances are you will get on very well with Mondeuse.*
Notes on the producer
After studying politics in Lyon, Nicolas Ferrand worked as a land manager for Savoie’s chamber of agriculture but soon found out that office work wasn’t for him. He created Domaine des Côtes Rousses in 2013 when fellow vigneron Mathieu Goury alerted him that 1.5ha had become available in Saint-Jean-de-la-Porte. This is undoubtedly one of Savoie’s finest terroirs and an area Nicolas holds dear, his grandfather used to herd cows up there. Organic from the outset, Nicolas started using plant infusions against diseases in 2018 and completed biodynamic certification in 2021. Coming from a long line of farmers, he loves animals and is also keen on working alongside them whenever possible. His most densely planted vineyards are ploughed by horse, while sheep (shared with Brice Omont of Domaine des Ardoisières) roam through the vineyards in winter, eating weeds and fertilising as they go.