2021 Grosjean Freres Gamay, Valle d'Aosta, Italy (750ml)
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We are often asked for an old world (meaning Europe) wine that has a little bit of funk, or earthiness to its flavor profile. This fine Gamay from the mountainous Valle d'Aosta region of northern Italy fits the bill The Grosjean family traces its roots back to the village of Fornet in the high mountain passes of the Valle d’Aosta known as Valgrisenche where they raised cattle. During the summer months, the family cultivated grapes and chestnuts on the slopes at lower altitude, stocking up on wine to supply themselves over the long winters.
In 1969, Dauphin Grosjean, the father of the five sons that now collaborate to produce the wines of this estate, was encouraged to present his wine at the local “wine expo”. The exceptional quality of his work was recognized and the entire family became engaged in the expansion of the vineyards and in the production of wine. Truly impressive Gamay, from the high alpine slopes of the Val d'Aosta - with fruit coming from Grosjean's vineyards which have been farmed organically since the 1970s. Flowing and textural, with ripe currants, raspberry, and a mineral streak of earth and soil. Refreshing and a joy to drink.