Vallée d'Aoste Pinot Noir
The Grosjean family traces its roots back to the village of Fornet (1781) in the high mountain passes of the Valle d’Aosta known as Valgrisenche where they raised cattle. During the summer months, the family cultivated grapes and chestnuts on the slopes at lower altitude, stocking up on wine to supply themselves over the long winters. In 1969, Dauphin Grosjean, the father of the five sons that now collaborate to produce the wines of this estate, was encouraged to present his wine at the local “wine expo”. The 12-hectare domaine is located in the hamlet of Ollignan on the border of the towns of Quart and Saint Christophe and includes “cru” vineyard sites such as Tzeriat, Rovettaz, Creton and Touren in Quart, plus Tzantè de Bagnere, Merletta and Castello di Pleod in Saint Christophe. Sustainable farming techniques have been used since the beginning in 1975 (no chemicals). The new generation is now taking over with an orientation towards an organic (2011) / biodynamic approach.
100% pinot noir. Blend of two vineyards rich in limestone and sand. Organic. Destemmed. Indigenous yeasts. Maceration in tronconic wooden vats. Aged 8 months in large used barrels and stainless steel tanks (30%).
Fresh, clean aromas of herbs and black cherry. Lively and juicy, offering black fruit and mineral flavors given a firm edge by licorice and herb notes. Finishes with good breadth and smooth tannins, plus a late hit of cinnamon and other sweet spices.