A simple scent of white flowers and white parts of citrus fruits. Strong acid and mineral that stretches to pierce. hard wine.
The world's highest altitude 1200m field "Morget"
A refreshing white wine made from Priet Blanc, which can be cultivated even at high altitudes. It is also famous for being described by Veronelli as "the wine you don't want to lose". The cultivation area is only 20ha.
Veronelli's favorite wine
Greenish glossy color. Although it is a slender wine, mineral and high-quality acid is unique to the highlands. The scent is linear and not cloudy at all.
“Not aromatic, but hard. Refreshing like Iwashimizu in the Alps. The taste is unique to Pliet Blanc and cannot be found in other production areas.”
"Blanc de Morget et della Salle" is a small production area of 20 ha, including the area around the town of "Morget" near the French border and the "Salle" area. The cooperative "Cave du Van Blanc de Morget" established in 1983 has led this production area. Cultivation Farmer participation type local co-op.
“The farmer has to work at the brewery for a certain period of time, and the union members not only do the grape cultivation, but also the actual brewing and bottling.”
The late "Luigi Veronelli", who advocated improving the quality and regionality of Italian wine, is a supporter of their wine.
"Pliet Blanc species with only 20ha left. Italian wine that you don't want to lose the most"
Wine grown by Montblanc
The field located on the cliff overlooking "Mont Blanc" has the highest altitude of 1,200m. It is the highest altitude vineyard in Europe.
“According to agronomy, it is usually considered difficult to grow grapes above 600m above sea level. Priet blanc is a rare variety that adapts to high altitudes.
There are only a limited number of varieties that can withstand harsh natural environments. Pliet Blanc has been adapted to this region since ancient times. You can't even plant trees other than this variety.
“Pliet Blanc survives in little sunlight. And since the period from germination to maturity is short, it can be harvested before the cold weather hits.”
Temperatures do not rise excessively throughout the year. However, not only direct sunlight but also sunlight reflected on the white Mont Blanc from the remaining snow promotes the growth of grapes.
“The snow of Mont Blanc reflects the sunlight and warms the vines. In spring, the snow melts and hydrates the soil. Montblanc grows grapes
The biggest problem that plagues winemaking is late frost in early spring. In some years, the grape buds that are ready to germinate are completely destroyed by frost. very harsh environment. Even if the fruit bears fruit, it is essential to carefully pick leaves and clusters to maintain the degree of maturity. In the end, if we sort out the grapes that are not ripe enough, we can only make less than 3,000 trees from 1 ha. Tailoring is extremely low "Pergola". Tailored to withstand strong winds and frost during winter. It also has the advantage that when the topsoil radiates heat during the day at night, the lower pitch allows the heat to enter the vines more easily. The field is a terraced field that is made to stick to a steep slope with a rock wall. Large equipment such as tractors will not be allowed. Therefore, daily field work, weed control, and harvesting are all done manually.
“The number one problem is the aging population. Working on steep terraced fields is difficult and dangerous for old people. There are many fields that have been abandoned and turned into wastelands.”
Another major feature of this area is that there are few molds and pathogens due to the high altitude. Neither herbicides nor fungicides are used. Use only Bordeaux liquid.
“It is dry with little rain compared to Piedmont which is foggy and humid. Traditionally, the amount of pesticides used is about 1/4 of that in Piedmont.”
I couldn't even find the phylloxera
Gradually the number of grape growers and producers is decreasing due to the harsh conditions. It's a tough environment for growers, but it's also a tough environment for phylloxera.
『Because of the high altitude, even Phylloxera couldn’t reach it. A tree with its own roots is left in the provinage.”
They leave the seeds in the provinage to leave the precious original "Pliet Blanc".
``Put the branch of the tree next to the dead tree through the ground once, and leave the tip on the surface. Roots sprout from underground branches and grow into a single tree.”
Three years after the branches grow, the tree is separated from the parent tree and grows as a single tree. During the period when the branches become one tree, it is vulnerable to disease. It is a dangerous method because if the child tree becomes sick while the tree is connected, the parent tree will also be infected, but this is the only way to leave the original species.