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Vines Pinot Nero ( %)

Color: Ruby red.
Smell: The nose is fruity with notes of undergrowth and red fruit, hints of sage.
Taste: On the palate it is fruity and savory with a fine structure and velvety tannin. Fresh and mineral finish.
Food pairing: Appetizers, first courses, red and white meats, typical salami, short and medium-aged cheeses.

Production area: The Tour of Aymavilles (AO).
Vineyard age: 16 years.
Soil: Morainic, loose, sandy.
Exposure: Sloping, south.
Altitude: 650 meters a.s.l.
Annual production: 20.000 bottles.
Surface: 3 ha approx.
Breeding system: Guyot.
Planting density: 7,500 plants per hectare.
Yield: 9,000 kg/ha.
Harvest: Manual harvest in mid-October.
Vinification: Destemming of the refrigerated grapes, 2 days cryomaceration, 8-10 days fermentation in stainless steel at a temperature of 24 °C, with daily pumping over.
Aging: In stainless steel for 6 months.

Les Crêtes

It was the great-grandfather Bernardin Charrère, who came from the current Haute-Savoie to immigrate to Aymavilles around 1750. There he built the property that still exists today with cellars and a walnut oil mill. The great-grandfather Etienne continued the business also including the production of cider according to the needs of the fashion and economy of the time by adding an additional mill. Grandfather Louis then built a mill to grind wheat, rye and barley because once again he wanted the market and those who are far-sighted can recognize the signs of aging by adapting. Antoine, Constantine's father, who succeeded him, continued the business until 1955 when olive oils and ground coffee began to arrive from outside the valley. It was again necessary to reconvert and the line chosen this time was that of fine wines. Once again attention was paid to the public and in order to better distinguish it began a work of personalization at the crop level (crus vinified separately), commercial (indicating the geographical locations of each vineyard), and historical (fidelity to the native vines that would have made Valle d'Aosta as large as the petit rouge, the fumin, the prié rouge, the tinturier). Constantine continued the work of his father Antoine and his mother Ida, dedicating himself with passion to viticulture. First by selecting vines that would otherwise have been lost in the Valle d'Aosta mountains: the Premetta (Prié Rouge), a very rare endangered grape, whose grapes are now vinified in purity according to an innovative protocol in classic method sparkling wine and Fumin, another "native" strain ", Saved from extinction and vinified with sensational results, so much so that in 1999 he deserved the attention of the national critics with" Il sole di Luigi Veronelli ". Later, after leaving teaching, Constantine was driven by the desire to devote himself completely to his passion for wine and creating what is now Les Crêtes, also in Aymavilles, planting new vineyards also in other municipalities in the Aosta Valley. Today, the company, owned by the Charrère family, manages 20 hectares of vineyards distributed in six Valle d'Aosta municipalities. With its annual production of 180,000 bottles, it is the largest private company operating on the regional territory. The Les Crêtes company produces its wines in an alpine context, which develops at the foot of Mont Blanc, characterized by high mountains, sandy slopes and cold temperatures. The fresh, dry and ventilated microclimate is characterized by soils of morainic origin, draining and with a strong mineral component. Located in the heart of the Alps and nestled between "big four" such as Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso, the Aosta Valley is the smallest of the regions of Italy. Aosta Valley is the European region with the highest concentration of protected areas. 13% of the total area is occupied by parks, nature reserves and oases. The largest protected extension is that of the Gran Paradiso National Park, followed by the Mont Avic Regional Park. Orographically it is divided in two by the Dora Baltea which flows in the central valley in a west-east direction, and highlights two sides, a shady one facing north called envers in the local dialect, and a sunny and arid one facing south called adret. About twenty lateral valleys converge along the north-south axis in the central valley. The vine in this area finds its ideal habitat on the ventilated terraces that extend along the central valley and rise close to the mountain. Attention to the environment and cultivation techniques are fundamental aspects for this reality. It has an intrinsic and focused link with the surrounding habitat. Each activity is carried out with the utmost dedication and care, in relation to the quality and passion that distinguishes them. Les Crêtes also follows the guidelines of the European sector programs as regards plant protection treatments, choosing to make a reduced use of pesticides. Agronomic management, mainly manual, follows the practices of integrated pest management to protect the environment and safeguard the territory. The climatic conditions also favor low environmental impact cultivation. The grapes, harvested by hand, are arranged in small crates, to protect their integrity and are transformed with great care. The wines, savory fresh and elegant, express this philosophy and the essence of the mountain "terroir". They are the children of a family-run winery, of small plots cultivated by hand and with attention to detail, to obtain healthy grapes, with low yields, following both in the field and in the cellar, traditional and eco-sustainable practices, to protect the environment and the territory.

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