Mondeuse is thought to have first been grown by the ancient Gallic tribe of the Allobroges, before the Roman invasion. The Roman writer Columella would later describe it as “the grape that ripens amid the snow”. It is one of the most unique red varieties in Savoie, producing almost Italian depths of colour and sharpness.
The grape offers wines that have well-structured acidity and tannins with fruity tones of redcurrant, raspberry and bitter cherry, as well as cinnamon, white pepper and cloves. It has an excellent potential for ageing. Mondeuse grows most effectively on soils rich in limestone, marl and scree.