Maison Vevey Albert
Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2020
Medium lemon, slight spritz when first opened.
Delicate with lemon, lime and apricot. High acidity, but surprisingly creamy. Mineral finish.
Fields of alpine flowers, honey, pollen, pear, orange, peach, honeydew, pineapple, hay, salt, and mountain herbs.
Fresh cheeses, white meats, tuna salad, and focaccia.
Why We Love This Wine
The uniqueness of this coveted grape is due to the altitude and setting of its vineyards in full view of Mont Blanc. Small retaining walls had to be built to make agriculture even possible, and these have become as treasured a part of the scenery as the lofty peaks themselves or the noble Stambecco antelope who roam them. Prié Blanc is the oldest documented variety in Valle d’Aosta and it is the parent of many other native grapes found here. It’s name derives from the French word prieur, or to pray, suggesting that is was a wine grown by priests for Sunday mass.
Country borders are blurred so high in the mountains, evidenced by a Swiss looking picture and French wording in an Italian DOC. Upon opening the bottle, you are immediately greeted by a slight fizz and the fresh scents of alpine flowers. Indeed, you can almost hear the cowbells of grazing cows munching on green mountain grasses. The laser acidity is what one would expect from such elevation, but it is tempered by a roundness from three months aging in steel tanks. The finish is mineral driven, but with a slight savory tinge of sage and oregano. The wines will only become more honeyed should you choose to cellar them for ten years.
In the shadow of Europes highest mountains, the native grape Prié Blanc flourishes at an elevation where no other variety can survive. 60 acres of ungrafted vines are grown on heroic 45° slopes, always within sight of snow fields. Viticulture almost should not exist here. This is a story of ingenuity and extreme effort in a marginal environment needing constant upkeep.
100% Prié Blanc
Still, dry white wine
Shallow morainic soils with a high proportion of sand
Steep terraced hillside
Natural fermentation in steel
3 months aging in steel, then 2 months aging in bottle.
Can age 20+ years, with very little change for the first 3 to 5 years
Blanc de Morgex
et de la Salle
About the Winery
Founded in 1968 by the first President of the Asssociazione Viticoltori di Morgex, Maison Vevey Albert is now run by his two sons who make the most admired and renowned wine in the area. Viticulture is traditional, using ancient techniques passed down through the generations. Low pergola training is used, with willow ties to secure the vines. Production is limited one wine, which is bottled in tall and thin German flutes. Production is tiny at 6000 to 7000 bottles annually.
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