Grosjean Freres 2016 Pinot Noir, Valle d'Aosta DOC

Grosjean Freres 2016 Pinot Noir, Valle d'Aosta DOC

Item Number: 11615

UPC: 0-811644010160

Country: Italy
Region: Valle d'Aosta
Sub Region: Valle d'Aosta
Appellation/AVA: Valle d'Aosta DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Elevation: 600-750 meters

Winemaker Notes: 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.

Winemaking Notes: While this wine is 100% Pinot Noir, 70% are from French lineage and 30% are of the rare Wadenzwil strain. The vineyards are at a high altitude (600-750m) and steep incline, allowing for the distinct alpine characteristics to show through. Vinification in wood casks with daily punching down for three days, followed by 10-12 days of settling before aging partly in steel, part in oak.

Tasting Notes: This 100% Pinot Noir features a ruby colour tending to garnet, complex and persistent nose with hints of wild berries, balanced in the mouth, soft with dry taste and good alcohol content, slightly tannic.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 89+ (6/1/2018)

    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.