2019 Ermes Pavese Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle

$40

100% Prié Blanc from Valle d’Aosta. Prié is an indigenous grape to the Italian Alps and it’s found nowhere else in the world.

This is a thirst-quenching Après Ski! It is a stunning wine from the highest elevation vineyard in all of Europe. It’s an austere, racy, mineral-driven white that displays aromas of citrus blossom, lemon, mountain herbs and crushed stone from the sandy, glacial moraine soil. The palate has vivacity and length.

Organic farming practices and only 1,000 cases produced.

Enjoy with fish, veggies and this Arugula Salad with Apples & Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette.

 

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Valle d'Aosta, Italy

Valle d’Aosta is one of the smallest wine regions located in the northwest of Italy near bordering France and Switzerland. It is only one-eighth the size of it’s neighbor, Piemonte. This region definitely gains influence from its neighbors with the primary local grape being Nebbiolo (Picotendro), similar to Piemonte, and their second official spoken language being French. Common varieties outside of Nebbiolo are Chardonnay, Gamay, Petit Rouge, and Dolcetto. However, a wide range of both red and white wines from native and international grapes are made here. With an interesting mix of grapes, terroir and culture, wines from this region can be very exciting. A few sub-regions to note are Morgex et de la Salle, Donnas, Enfer d’Arvier, Torrette, Nus, Chambave, and Arnad-Montjovet.

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. He now produces three versions of Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle.

Prié is the oldest documented cultivar in the Val d’Aoste, and is among the oldest in all of Italy. Genetic parent to, among others, Prëmetta and Mayolet, it gives crystalline wines of vivacity and precision when tended by a conscientious grower like Pavese. Pavese’s vines, trained in the traditional Pergola Bassa system, are so isolated at the end of this valley that they are still planted on their original rootstocks, not threatened by the Phylloxera louse that devastated nearly all of Europe’s vineyards at the end of the 19th century. Producing still, sparkling, skin-macerated and sweet wines, this domaine shows the majesty that wines of the alps can achieve.

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