White Valle d'Aosta wine, from the awards winner company Les Crêtes.
,Grape varieties and style: dry white wine, 100% Chardonnay, Burgundy style, oak.
Vineyards: Frissonniè,re vineyard in Saint Christophe, Italy, Les Crê,tes vineyard in Aymavilles, Italy.
Terroir: loose, sandy, moraine soil. North-eastern and southern exposure. Altitude 550 to 750 metres (1,805 to 2,460 ft.).
First year production: 1995.
Annual production: 7000 bottles (583 cases).
Surface: Training method: Guyot.
Harvest: harvested manually at the end of September.
Vinification: gentle pressing, fermentation in 300 litres (87 gal.) French oak barrels. First and second fermentation “,sur Lies”,, 10 months continual bâ,tonnages. Bottle aged for 6 months.
Characteristics: brilliant, straw yellow color. Intense, full nose with nuances of fruits (plum, exotic fruits), spices (vanilla) and a delicate toasty aroma. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, warm and velvety with mineral undertones and a lively acidity at the finish.
Food pairings: with soups, pasta, fondue, pie, foie gras, cheese and vegetable based omelettes, fish, white and red roasted meat, medium seasoned, high butter fat cheeses.flans, foie gras.
Side notes: originally from Burgundy, the Chardonnay grape is now commonly cultivated in the Aosta region. The noble tannins from selected oaks (toasted in “,chauffes”, and steam treated), with first and second fermentation on the lees, and continual bâ,tonnages, give this wine a decidedly complex character. Today the Les Crê,tes Chardonnay Cuvé,e Bois is an award- winning Italian wine and internationally recognized for its elegance and style.
Recommended wine glass: large Renano.