Ermes Pavese

Valle D'Aosta, valle daosta Italy

The autonomous Valle d‘Aosta, or Vallée d‘Aoste, is the smallest, least populated and most mountainous region of Italy. It is here that in 1999 Ermes Pavese and his wife, Milena, started making wine under their name in the village of Le Ruine in the commune of Morgex, on the Italian side of the Monte Bianco or Mont Blanc.

Ermes and Milena personally follow the entire process from vineyard to bottling. Their vineyards, totalling five hectares at altitudes from 900 to 1,200 metres above sea level, are among the highest in Europe. Prié Blanc is the only variety grown here, and all the vines are ungrafted, thanks to the high altitudes and sandy soils that prevent phylloxera louse from completing its life cycle. Globally, the plantings of Prié Blanc amount to less than 40 hectares, most of which are to be found in the communes of Morgex and La Salle. Given the difficulties of growing grapes at such high altitudes in an alpine environment, vintages can be quite variable, particularly in terms of yields. In 2017 Ermes lost 99% of production due to frost in April. Luckily, the 2018 vintage saw production back at normal levels.

The Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle is vinified completely in stainless steel after a gentle pressing. The resulting wine displays delicate floral and herbal notes with a hint of spice and citrus on the intense and long finish.


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