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Ermes-pavese-blanc-de-morgex-2012
Color:
White
Body/Type:
Medium Bodied
Style:
Traditional
Size:
Bottle, 750 ml
Winery:
Ermes Pavese
Grapes:
Prié Blanc
Serve At:
50°-54° F
Region:
Italy > Valle d' Aosta > Blanc de Morgex

A stunning wine from the highest vineyard site in Europe, with annual production of about 12,000 bottles of this austere, racy, mineral white wine with vivacity and length.

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 1200 meters above sea level, Pavese has gradually expanded his holdings in this high altitude zone (the highest elevation to produce wine in all of Europe)! He now produces three versions of Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle. Because the vineyards are extremely isolated, he has been able to work with original, pre-phylloxera root stock that never got infiltrated in this area when it came sweeping through Europe in the late 1800s.

The Valle d'Aosta DOC (or Valle d'Aosta) is an Italian denominazione di origine controllata located in the Aosta Valley of northwest Italy. Surrounded by the Alps, the Valle d'Aosta is home to the highest elevated vineyards in all of Europe. The principal winemaking region of the Valle d'Aosta is found along the eastern banks of the Dora Baltea river with the city of Aosta serving as the central winemaking location. The region is divided into three main vineyard areas; the upper valley, Valdigne, the central valley, Valle Centrale and the lower valley, Bassa Valley. To the south is the winemaking region of Piemonte. The Valle d'Aosta is Italy's smallest winemaking region both in terms of size and production with only about 330,000 cases produced annually in the region and only 36,000 cases produced under the DOC label. Seventy five percent of the area's production is red wine made mostly from the Pinot Noir, Gamay and Petit Rouge varieties. The majority of white wine production is made from the indigenous Blanc de Morgex grape.

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