Cave Mont Blanc
Cave Mont Blanc is located in Morgex, Val D'Aosta. Created in 1983 by the “Association des Viticulteurs” with the aim of developing the Valdostan viticulture and making its products known to a wider audience. The cultivation area extends between Morgex and La Salle, the vineyards reach 1200 meters above sea level and are the highest in Europe. The particular climatic conditions make parasitic diseases almost harmless, for this reason the treatments are reduced compared to other wine-growing areas. Even the phylloxera which at the end of the 19th century destroyed most of the vineyards of Europe could not resist the altitude: in these vineyards the original vines are planted without grafting. Almost exclusively Prié Blanc is produced in these vineyards, a particular vine that has been able to adapt to these climatic conditions; the vegetative cycle takes place in a short period, with a late bud break, to avoid the last frost and frost and reaches maturity earlier than the other vines, anticipating the arrival of the first snows. In 2008 the experimental laboratory at high altitude was inaugurated in agreement with the Courmayeur Alpine Guides. The experimental phase is aimed at verifying the influence of altitude in the second fermentation. Another particular product of the winery is the prized Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle Late Harvest "Chaudelune" Doc which involves the harvest during the night at a temperature between -6 and -10 °: water inside the berries freezes, thus ensuring a greater concentration of sugars.
Interview with producer
Which are the future projects for your cellar?
We want to increase the production of the classical method. We want to continue with the high-flying production, with the wine making without sulphites and we want to safeguard the biodiversity with the appreciation and the graft of an experimental field of ROUSSIN DE MORGEX which is another local variety of red berries.
In your opinion, how much is important the improvement of the quality of the wines you produce?
It is the main aspect of every manufacturing and every change carried out. The quality of the product is necessary to increase the knowledge and the awareness about the unicity of the Prié Blanc.
If you have to convince a customer to buy your wine, what would you say to him?
We have a very local variety which is cultivated in only two places in Aosta Valley and in none other part of the world. In the highest vineyards in Europe at the feet of the Monte Bianco. Unique, rare and extreme products.
Which is your favorite thing of your work?
The think I like the most is the wine making, I love following the refinement process and all those parts which are very technical.
If the Prime Minister would call you and he would ask you a wine for a very important dinner, which wine would you suggest him, and why?
I would suggest him a vin blanc EXTRABRUT 2011, because the year has enhanced the product. With a pas dosé disgorging it is the best expression of the integrity of the terroir du mont blanc.
I would suggest him to match it with some crustaceous (lobsters).
If you have to give an advice to all the cellars of your territory, what would you advice?
We have to create a system like in Switzerland. The Aosta Valle mainly earns from the tourism, and the gastronomic wine tourism is increasing a lot in the restaurant and wine bars so the Aosta Valley wines have to be almost the only ones you could find.
In the last years the web commerce is expanding a lot, the online wine shops are growing up more and more; how do you consider this market news?
A great possibility. We live in a hurry society so having easy ways to access to the products is perfect. Even if the wines need a more direct approach which give them an additional value.
Why have you decided to commit the sale of the wines to the online wine shop Uritalianwines?
Because this online wine shop is serious and well organized.
Which is the wine you would suggest to the online Uritalianwines customers and why?
I suggest to all of you to taste the Piagne 2013 and the cave du vin blanc Extra Brut 2011. Qualitatively, they respect my own favorite tastes. Net, correct, and very pleasant. The good wine has to attract the second glass.