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Les Cretes Petite Arvine Fleur 2018

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750ML / 0% ABV
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4.7 29 Ratings
750ML / 0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Bright straw colored. Citrus and floral nose, white flowers, broom tree and orange blossoms. Full, fresh and flavorsome. Fleshy and lingers.

Pair with appetizers, meats, fish, even raw fish, shellfish, white meats and cheese.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A release of about 6,600 bottles, the Les Crêtes 2018 Valle d'Aosta Petite Arvine Vigna Devin Ros Fleur nicely showcases the grape. This Petite Arvine is light and crisp, but it also delivers a glossy or viscous side with some of the thickness and flavors of well-ripened grape skins. The bouquet opens to orchard fruit and nectarine, and there is a musky quality that adds an extra layer of shading or depth. This white would do well with lobster or shellfish.
JS 93
James Suckling
Dried flowers, lemon curd, peaches and toasted almonds on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Concentrated with creamy layers of ripe fruit and a gently saline finish.
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Les Cretes, Italy
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Founded in 1989 by Costantino Charrere and Jolanda Plat, Les Cretes is one of only a few commercial wineries in the quaint region of Valle D'Aosta. The winery is located in Aymavilles with the cellar lying one mile from Monte Bianco tunnel.

Originally from France, the Charrère family moved in the mid 1700s to what is now the Aosta Valley of Italy. They started out as farmers and millers, establishing a home site and building a water powered mill on their property in Aymaville.

In 1955 the Charrères planted their first two hectares of grapes, focusing on making quality wines out of the indigenous vinifera varieties grown in the Aosta Valley. Les Crêtes vineyards are located along the Aosta Valley’s Dora Baltea river and are distributed among vineyard blocks in six different villages; Saint Pierre, Aymavilles, Gressan, Sarre, Aosta and Saint Christophe. Plant densities in the vineyards range from 7,000 to 8,000 vines per hectare.

Les Crêtes produces its wines in a very specific context, characterized by high mountains, sandy slopes and alpine temperatures. Attention to the environment, cultivation techniques combined with specialized research and experimentation are the key aspects to our reality, which has an intrinsic and focused link with the surrounding habitat. Each activity is carried out with the greatest dedication and care, in relation to the quality and passion that distinguishes us.

Les Crêtes philosophy continues to follow the values ??of past generations valuing the “terroir” with loyalty and respect for tradition. The look, however, is always open to the future of innovation that allows us to express the wealth of a of a wine mountain territory : unique and unforgettable.

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Claiming an impressive list of autochthonous varieties, Valle d'Aosta is a long, narrow valley, formed by Italy’s extreme northwestern Alps. The region, a natural gateway between Italy and France, is also home to many grape migrants from France and its more southerly Italian neighbors. Not surprisingly, wine labels are often written in Italian and French.

The main whites here include: Petite Arvine and Prié blanc (Blanc de Morgex). For reds: Fumin, Cornalin, Mayolet, Petit Rouge, Premetta, Vuillermin, Neblou, and Vien de Nus are unique to the region. French ones that do well are Gamay noir, Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot gris (confusingly called Malvoisie in Aosta but it is not related to Malvasia). Italian grapes common here include Moscato, Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and from farther away, Ciliegiolo.

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There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.

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