Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wine of the Week: Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle

This week's featured wine is Maison Albert Vevey's Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle. This unique Italian appellation mainly produces wine made from the native varietal Prié Blanc, also known as Blanc de Morgex, the only white grape grown in the region. Due to its high elevations, this area has never been affected by phylloxera louse which has allowed many of the vineyards of this area to remain with ungrafted rootstock. The Blanc de Morgex is vibrant but nicely grounded by intense minerality. Its has delicate notes of mountain herbs and hay, dry freshness, and bright acidity. Pairs with light appetizers, soft cheese, fish and oysters.

Maison Vevey Albert Winery is located in Morgex, in the Upper Aosta Valley, the smallest region of Italy, on the northwestern border of the Italian border, nestled between France and Switzerland. The vineyards are planted at the upper limits of viticulture with altitudes of 1000-1200 meters above sea level. This is true mountain wine. The domaine was founded in 1968 by Albert Vevey, a pioneer of Valdostan wine-growing. In 1990, sons Mario and Mirko took over the family business and have been in charge of production ever since.


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