Ermes Pavese 2016 'Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle' Valle D'Aosta DOC
Item Number: 11192
Region: Valle d'Aosta
Sub Region: Valle d'Aosta
Appellation/AVA: Valle d'Aosta DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Prie Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Winemaking Notes: This is a stunning wine from the highest vineyard site in Europe, with an annual production of about 12,000 bottles. It is grown in mountainous sandy soils in the Morgex and La Salle communes. The grapes are softly pressed into stainless steel tanks for slow fermentation at controlled temperatures with frequent pump overs. The wine is aged sur lie for 7-8 months with regular batonnage. It undergoes 80% malolactic fermentation and is filtered before bottling.
Tasting Notes: This austere, racy, mineral white wine displays vivacity and length. The nose emits aromatic herbs, white hawthorn flowers, pears, and spicy white pepper. It’s intensely fresh and persistent with evident mineral notes.
Food Pairing: Try Risotto alla Valdostana
About Valle d’Aosta: In the northwest corner of Italy lies its smallest and least populated region, which also happens to produce the least amount of wine. Needless to say, Valle d’Aosta’s unique wines rarely make their way stateside, but when they does, it’s cause to celebrate. The light, refreshing reds and whites from this mountainous region echo those of similarly rugged Savoie or Switzerland. Its long, narrow valley is formed by the river Dora Baltea, with extremely steep and rugged terrain. Vineyards are generally terraced into slopes of dizzying heights. The region is responsible for quite a small production, and most is sold to the skiing tourists that flock to the valley.
About Ermes Pavese: Ermes Pavese is a youthful grower in the commune of La Ruine just outside of the town of Morgex in the high Alps minutes from the summit of Mont Blanc. Pavese works the native grape known as Prié Blanc. Starting with barely two hectares of vineyards, situated at about 1,200 meters above sea level, Pavese has gradually expanded his holdings in this high altitude zone. He now produces three versions of Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle. Because these vineyards are so isolated, Pavese has been able to work with the original, pre-phylloxera rootstock since that malady never infiltrated this area when it came sweeping through Europe many years ago.