Grosjean Freres

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Ollignan, Valle d'Aosta
People: Grosjean Family, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Organic

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Grosjean Freres 2016 Gamay, Valle d'Aosta DOC Login AG 90+ In Stock
Grosjean Freres 2016 Pinot Noir, Valle d'Aosta DOC Login AG 89+ In Stock

The Grosjean family traces its roots back to the village of Fornet 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 exceptional quality of his work was recognized and the entire family became engaged in the expansion of the vineyards and in the production of wine.

The estate has now grown to encompass seven hectares of vineyards. The 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. After starting out with the traditional Petit Rouge along with some Gamay, Pinot Noir and Petite Arvine, the Grosjeans have planted other local varietals such as Fumin, Cornalin, Premetta and Vuillermin. Sustainable farming techniques have been in place since 1975: only organic fertilizers are applied and no pesticides or herbicides are used. Natural yeasts are utilized for fermentation.

Vinous 6/19/2018
"Founded in 1969 by Delfino Grosjean, who mainly raised livestock but decided to try his hand at winemaking and so proceeded to plant vines. In a sign of how times change and how much progress Italian wine has made over the years, he planted the varieties that were recommended to him at the time: believe it or not, those were Barbera, Merlot and Ciliegiolo (and in fact, in 1969 he made, unbelievably enough, a monovariety Ciliegiolo from the Valle d’Aosta). In 1971 the estate rethought its vineyards and planted Pinot Noir and Gamay in the Tzeriat vineyard, the oldest on the estate; those vines will be replanted this year because too many are diseased or dead. The estate has been practicing organic farming since 2011 and was certified in 2015. Their Pinot Noirs age splendidly well; the Prëmetta is outstanding and to the best of my knowledge currently the only example of a still wine made in the Valle d’Aosta from this variety; the Cornalin is remarkably good too. I hope they will resume producing a Mayolet soon, as theirs was exceptional."


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Reviews

  • Grosjean 2016 Pinot Noir, Valle d'Aosta DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 89+ (6/19/2018)

    Pretty light red. Red cherry and herbal nuances on the initially reticent nose and the palate. Bright, fresh and long, but needs a lot of aeration to show off its considerably fruity charge. In my experience, the Pinot Noir wines of Grosjean age extremely well, so I’d cellar a couple of bottles of this and see how it blossoms.
  • Grosjean 2016 Petite Arvine, Vigne Rovettaz, Valle d'Aosta DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (6/19/2018)

    Delicate honeyed nuances complement the apple, pear and stone fruit aromas and flavors. Finishes long, fresh and with a hint of creaminess. About 30% of the wine is barrel-fermented in 50% new and 50% once-used French oak barriques and combined roughly 5-6 months later with the remaining 70%, which is matured in stainless steel. A lovely wine that strikes me as being more precise than the 2015, which was too hot a year.
  • Grosjean 2016 Gamay, Valle d'Aosta DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90+ (6/19/2018)

    Flinty red berries and flowers on the nose. Enters round and ripe, with flavors similar to the aromas, then turns austere thanks to mouthwatering, zingy acidity that almost strips the enamel off your teeth. Very juicy, red-berried wine that needs to be cellared for another six months from now for full enjoyment.