Grosjean Petite Arvine Vallee D Aoste 2020/2021
This beautiful dry Italian white wine comes from the dramatic valley of the Valle d'Aosta in the cool north where the Petite Arvine grape grows at 550 metres above seal level, retaining bright piercing acidity and creating wines of great drive and length.
This wine is made from grapes grown on the Rovettaz vineyard, which has a sharp inclination and is exposed to the south, enjoying a dry and windy climate. This wine tastes of white floral and citrus flavours with intense pink grapefruit notes and a great acid structure which allows this wine to retain freshness and age for the long term. It also drinks beautifully now, especially with seafood and white cheese.
Petite Arvine was first planted at Grosjean, in the early 1980s on highly sandy soils with a medium limestone content. They have been organically farmed since 2011, and had to be irrigated for their first three years of life because drought is always a potential problem in this region. The vineyard sits at 550 metres above sea level and has a 70% slope, so the family needed to build terraces to carry out normal vineyard work and harvesting. Depending on the vintage, the grapes are normally picked in October. The wine is currently aged partly in steel and partly in oak, 70% stainless steel and 30% used barriques, but vintages of the 1990s and early 2000s saw no oak aging at all.