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La Crotta di Vegneron, Chambave Muscat Passito, Val d'Aosta DOC, Italy (37.5cl.), 2016

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Technical Details

  • Blend: Muscat 100%

  • ABV: 15%

  • Closure: Natural cork

  • Colour: White

  • Style: Still wine

  • Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

  • Suitable for Vegans: Yes

  • Organic: No

  • Biodynamic: No

Producer Profile

The vineyards are located at a fairly high altitude, ranging from 500 to 850m, and enjoy a special microclimate with little rainfall and a good diurnal temperature range. The delicate grapes like Petit Arvine, Fumin and Gamay thrive here, resulting in enticing wines with a lightness of touch and minerality.

Viticulture

Soils are loose and sandy on steep slopes, planted at 6500 vines per hectare and trained in guyot, goblet and cordon systems. Yields of around 7600kg per hectare.

Winemaking

In 1494 George of Challant gave Moscato Passito di Chambave to Charles VIII, King of France. As several documents show, this nectar was produced since the most ancient of times. The best clusters of white Muscat are left to dry in well-aired rooms; at the end of the withering process, the grapes are vinified in a traditional way with a prefermentative cold maceration of 36 to 48 hours.: the wine obtained is left to settle till the Christmas of the year following the grape harvest, including 12 months sur lie with frequent battonage.

Oak Treatment

No oak treatment.

Tasting Note

A bright golden yellow wine. The aromas are intense and persistent, floral and fruity with notes of acacia, thyme, sage, withered, violet, yellow peach, sweet almond and honey. The palate is sweet and warming, soft full and round, ending with a persistent sweet almond and honey finish.

Food Matching

Almond based biscuits, foie gras and strong blue cheeses.