Blard & Fils 2019 "Arbin" Mondeuse Noire, France
The Blard winery is actually in the Apremont region of France but they are leasing some 50 year old Mondeuse vines in Arbin. Mondeuse is a local variety that might be best described as a cross between Pinot Noir and Gamay, with a touch more tannin depending on who is making it. This offering is grown in clay and limestone soils and there is a pronounced iron-rich mineral note on the nose, along with red fruit and a little green note. Somewhat lacy on the palate but there is still some grip. Loves pork, roasted mushrooms, game and cured meats.