Mondeuse Paradoxe 2018
This medium-bodied red is almost as notable for what it’s not as what it is. It is the opposite of high-yield, big batch winemaking — hence the name, Paradoxe. It is not produced using herbicides or chemical fertilizers. This wine, made from 100% Mondeuse, IS produced from sustainably farmed grapes. Opening with perfumed notes of violet and red fruits, the wine is smooth and light, with subtle tannins and notes of black plum and black cherry on the palate. The finish is lengthy, with peppery notes, making it the perfect wine alongside steak, lamb shank, stuffed eggplant, and grilled mushrooms.
Located a few miles South of Apremont, near the town of Chambery, Joseph Richel started selling his wines in the 1950s. Today, the 4th generation, represented by Christophe and his son Matthieu, run the 7-ha vineyard. Plots are planted around the villages of Saint Badolph and Apremont, in the plains at the bottom of the mountain—a rare geographical location France’s Alpine wine region. Sustainable and thoughtful farming practices allow the Richel family to produce the highest quality of grapes and truly exceptional wine.
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