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2019 Grosjean Petite Arvine Vigne Rovettaz Valle d’Aosta
A Great White, Undiscovered
March 9, 2021
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On visiting the Valle d’Aosta you might well say “We’re not in Kansas anymore”. Way up in NW Italy, Valle d’Aosta is by far the highest elevation and lowest population region in Italy. It follows the system of valleys that leads directly to Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in the Alps.
The families of this area happily embraced the beauty of the landscape and the local agriculture and husbandry. The Grosjean family has been here for hundreds of years. They raised cattle and in the fall made just enough wine to get them through the year. Today’s offer is for their 2019 Grosjean Petite Arvine Vigne Rovettaz.
Petite Arvine is grown only in Switzerland's Valais and the Valle d’Aosta. The people who make wines from it have always known how incredibly special they are. We don’t know them because there are nowhere near enough of these wines to allow major export.
In 1969 Dauphin Grosjean agreed to enter his Petit Arvine in a wine expo. Praise was so ecstatic that the family decided to build a small family wine estate. His five sons run the place today. The 2019 Grosjean Petite Arvine Vigne Rovettaz is produced from a single vineyard at 700 meters elevation. The wine is bright and fragrant with bracing acidity and solid structure. I cannot tell just how special this wine is. My wife and I have decided to make it our new house white.
2019 Grosjean Petite Arvine Vigne Rovettaz Valle d’Aosta: Bright straw with green highlights. Red grapefruit, waxy lime in a dry textured extract highlighted by wisteria and fennel. Bracing acidity and solid structure with real complexity. Surprising undercurrent of salinity in the finish. Try this with lobster. Outstanding 32/bottle
Special six-pack: 6 bottles of the above for a special price of $173.88 (28.99/bottle)
Special case: 12 bottles of the above for a special price of $323.88 (26.99/bottle)
Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: email@example.com
- Peter Hemenway
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