Why Be Curious? This Alpine Gamay is from Italy’s northwest corner in Valle d’Aosta, so it speaks Italian and French, but there’s nothing Nouveau about Gamay in this valley: It was brought here a thousand years ago during the reign of the Dukes of Burgundy. The vineyards sit at 650-800 meters in the Alta Valle west of the city of Aosta. Soils are alluvial with glacial moraine. Hand-harvested grapes are macerated for eight days and then aged for eight months, all in stainless steel. The wine has a pretty, lightly floral nose with a palate of sour cherry and minerals. Drink it with barbecue or quaff it slightly chilled après-ski-hike-bike-work. Its name, Bouquetin (boo-kuh-TAN) is after the ibex, the local mountain goat.
Vigna / Vineyard: The vineyards are at the end of the valley, where the valley opens and climbs up most, around Aymavilles, just after the town of Aosta and north, basically as an extension, of the Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, a place of unicorn (ok, mountain goat) wanderings. It’s an alpine hiker wonderland.
FUSO21 Bouquetin Vallée d’Aoste Gamay
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Vallée d’Aoste Gamay
Ettari / Hectares: 4.5 hectares.
Quota / Altitude: from 600 m / 1969 ft. to 750 m / 2461 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Loose soil made of lime and clay.
Esposizione / Exposure: Various expositions.
Vitigni / Varieties: 100% Gamay.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 25 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 6500-7000 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Cordon-trained and Guyot.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural Technique: Lotta integrata.
Resa / Yield: 10.000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Selected yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 7-9 days, 26-28°C
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes.
Affinamento / Élevage: In stainless steel tanks.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 2200 cases.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: from 12.5% to 13%
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Burgundy bottle.