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Les Crêtes Chardonnay Valle d'Aosta NV

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Grape variety and style: Dry white wine, 100% Chardonnay, Burgundy style. No oak. Harvest: Harvested by hand at the end of September. Side note: Originally from Burgundy, the Chardonnay grape has been cultivated in our mountainous region for decades with excellent results. The grape exhibits a wonderfully unique character that is specific to the terroir of the Aosta Valley.

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Les Crêtes:
Les Crêtes’ History: Originally from France, the Charrère family moved in the mid 1700s to what is now the Aosta Valley of Italy. They started out as farmers and millers, establishing a home site and building a water powered mill on their property in Aymaville. In 1810 the Charrères planted their first two hectares of grapes, focusing on making quality wines out of the indigenous vinifera varie... Read more
Les Crêtes’ History: Originally from France, the Charrère family moved in the mid 1700s to what is now the Aosta Valley of Italy. They started out as farmers and millers, establishing a home site and building a water powered mill on their property in Aymaville. In 1810 the Charrères planted their first two hectares of grapes, focusing on making quality wines out of the indigenous vinifera varieties grown in the Aosta Valley. In 1989 the Charrères enlarged the original estate and built the Les Crêtes winery. The Aosta Valley, located in northwest Italy, is Italy’s smallest and least populated region. It is an alpine valley with grape growing conditions typically associated with mountain elevations. Close to Mont Blanc and surrounded on three sides by the Italian, French and Swiss Alps, it is a beautiful and unique part of Italy. Les Crête’s Vineyards: With 25 hectares (62 acres) of grapes dedicated to wine production, Les Crêtes is the largest privately held vineyard and winery operation in the Aosta Valley. The vineyards are distributed among vineyard blocks in six different villages; Saint Pierre, Aymavilles, Gressan, Sarre, Aosta and Saint Christophe. Les Crêtes vineyards are planted in both indigenous vinifera varieties (Petite Arvine, Petit Rouge, Fumin, Mayolet, Cornalin), as well as the more traditional vinifera varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Muscat) which are also well adapted to the region’s climate and soil conditions. Plant densities range from 7,000 to 8,000 vines per hectare. The soils that have developed over the centuries on the glacial morain hillsides around Aymaville are composed of a mixture of sand and calcareous rocks. Les Crêtes vineyards are located at relatively high mountain elevations (600 to 1,000 m. /1,970 to 3,280 ft.), and due to the high elevation climatic conditions, the harvests at Les Crêtes often begin in late autumn. This gives the grapes time to ripen while exposed to a wide variation in day and night temperatures, a natural process which adds to the unique aromatic character and flavour profile of the resulting wines. Les Crête’s Winemaking: Les Crêtes produces about 220,000 bottles annually (about 18,300 cases). The winery, the heart of the estate, is located in the scenic Aymavilles area of the Aosta Valley. Visitors to the winery can view the 16th Century Côteau la Tour tower which stands high above the surrounding vineyards and is the symbol of Les Crêtes and its line of quality crafted wines. Read less

Tasting Notes:

Characteristics: Brilliant, straw yellow color. Ripe melon and papaya with almond milk on the nose. Lush, ripe fruit on the palate surrounded by a core of bracing acidity. Rich mineral finish with tropical fruit overtones. Optimum serving temperature: 8 –10° C (46 – 50° F)

Grape variety and style: Dry white wine, 100% Chardonnay, Burgundy style. No oak. Harvest: Harvested by hand at the end of September. Side note: Originally from Burgundy, the Chardonnay grape has been cultivated in our mountainous region for decades with excellent results. The grape exhibits a wonderfully unique character that is specific to the terroir of the Aosta Valley.

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Dietary Information: All-Natural

3,000 cases (36,00o bottles) produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 6 months in Steel.

Notes: sur lies maturation, continual batonnage


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