Grosjean Freres

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

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Grosjean Freres 2018 Gamay, Valle d'Aosta DOC Login AG 90 In Stock
Grosjean Freres 2018 Pinot Noir, Valle d'Aosta DOC Login In Stock
Grosjean Freres 2015 Pinot Noir, Vigne Tzeriat, Valle d'Aosta DOC Login AG 92 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 1/21/2020
"With 60 family members working at the winery, Grosjean is most likely the largest family-run winery in all of Italy. Happily, the accumulated experience and passion for their region’s traditions and a drive for quality ensure that the winery is also known for the many standout white and red wines made every year. All of the region’s typical cultivars are farmed, and those that aren’t (they stopped producing Mayolet with the 2010 vintage, for example) are the object of intensive vineyard searches in order to start making wines from them again. It comes as no surprise, then, that the family will soon be planting another 4,500 square meters of the rare local native Premetta grape and are looking to plant Mayolet as well. The estate is perhaps best known for its Petite Arvine and Fumin wines, and more importantly, for wines that age exceptionally well, including their Pinot Noir and Torrette wines. "


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."


Media Links
The New York Times: Treasures of the Alps

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Reviews

  • 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 2018 Gamay, Valle d'Aosta DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (1/21/2020)

    Bright red. Juicy, fresh and fruity both on the nose and in the mouth, with very peppery fruit on the long fresh clean finish. Gamay has always grown at the estate, and was first planted there in the 1960s; the current vineyards have seen their share of replanting over the years, and the vines date back mostly to the 1990s.
  • Grosjean 2016 Petite Arvine, Vigne Rovettaz, Valle d'Aosta DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (12/1/2019)

    Bright aromas of white orchard fruit, white flowers, mint, sage and thyme. Enters fresh with green fruit nuances (mostly apple) complicated by building notes of apricot and thyme. Finishes long and suave, hints of banana and riper fruit emerging at the back.
  • Grosjean 2015 Pinot Noir, Vigne Tzeriat, Valle d'Aosta DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (6/1/2018)

    Luminous pale medium red. Musky ripe red cherry, fresh herbs, brown spices and mint on the nose and palate. Then sweeter and larger-scale but more backward today than Grosjean’s classic Pinot Noir bottling, and showing a medicinal austerity along with its sweet, fleshy ripe fruit. A very big Pinot Noir for the Valle d’Aosta that finishes long and pure with a broad, fine dusting of tannins. Aged 18 months in three- and four-year-old barriques. The vines are 60 years old, and that shows clearly in this wine’s depth.