Grosjean Petite Arvine Vigne Rovettaz 2020 Aosta Valley
Varietal: Petite Arvine
Type of wine: still white
Vinification and aging: pied de cuve
indigenous – 6 months steel “sur lie” and 6 months
A Valdostan winery located between the municipalities of Quart and Saint Christophe, it was founded thanks to the resourcefulness of Dauphin Grosjean who, in 1969, began bottling his own wine to present it at the II Exposition des Vins du Val d’Aoste. The five sons decided to pursue their father’s challenge by focusing on production strongly linked to the land.
Vine cultivation is now spread over 10 hectares of land and includes mainly native varieties: starting with Petit rouge and Muscat Blanc, Gamay and Pinot noir were then introduced, and finally turning to Fumin, Cornalin, Prëmetta, and Vuillermin. All of the vines are planted on estate plots and of particular note in the Valdostan viticultural scene. For example, Vigna Tzeriat, which stands at an altitude of 750/800 meters above sea level in a natural amphitheater that can protect the vines from the cold winds of the Aosta Valley, is the oldest vineyard on the estate. As early as the late Middle Ages, the lords of the nearby Castle of Quart grew grapes there to make wines for their most prestigious guests. No less important is Vigna Rovettaz, which, at 5.5 hectares, is the largest vineyard owned by a single producer in the Aosta Valley and which, thanks to its exposure to the Föhn winds, limits the development of fungal diseases, thus favoring organic viticulture.
The family business “Grosjean-grands vins de montagne,” which now also counts on the collaboration of the new generation of grandchildren, was one of the first wineries in Valle d’Aosta to obtain organic certification. Its production is also recognized and appreciated abroad, thanks to its structured and elegant wines that recall the scents and flavors of mountains and forests
he Petite Arvine vine is grown at 550 m above sea level in the Rovettaz vineyard, on a steep slope with southern exposure, in a particularly dry and ventilated climate where, by our choice, only eco-friendly agronomic techniques are used.
The resulting wine has a bright straw color, with intense aromas, floral notes and citrus sensations, particularly pink grapefruit; the good flavor and well-balanced acid structure give it a long evolutionary life.
It goes well with appetizers, with white meats, and with fish.
Production Area: Municipality of Quart, Vigna Rovettaz
Surface area: Ha 1.8
Breeding: Guyot with ciglioni and retrofit Approx. 7000 plants/ha
Exposure: S, SO
Soil: Sandy-loamy and partly loamy-sandy with shallow depth (less than 50 cm) and abundance of skeleton. steep slope (more than 70%)
Cultural Operations: Partly mechanical and partly manual, with techniques allowed only in organic farming. Fertilizations are carried out with the input of organic matter (mature cattle manure)
Plant Year: 1985 to 2010
Harvest: First ten days of October
Grape varieties: 100% Petite Arvine
Vinification: In white, using pied de cuve selected from our vineyards
Aging: 70%: 8 months in stainless steel “sur lie,” 30%: 8 months in French oak barrels “sur lie.” In both cases, two batonnages per week are carried out in November and December, 3 months in bottle
Bottling: June, July
Color: Straw yellow
Nose: Complex bouquet of white flowers with scents
Intense, floral notes and citrus sensations, especially pink grapefruit
Taste: Rich, complex, very savory, good structure.
Longevity: The wine lends itself well to aging for 5 to 6 years
Bottles produced: 17000 / 18000