The estate has now grown to encompass seven hectares of vineyards. The domaine is located in the hamlet of Ollignan on the border of the towns of Quart and Saint Christophe and includes “cru” vineyard sites such as Tzeriat, Rovettaz, Creton and Touren in Quart, plus Tzantè de Bagnere, Merletta and Castello di Pleod in Saint Christophe. After starting out with the traditional Petit Rouge along with some Gamay, Pinot Noir and Petite Arvine, the Grosjeans have planted other local varietals such as Fumin, Cornalin, Premetta and Vuillermin. Sustainable farming techniques have been in place since 1975: only organic fertilizers are applied and no pesticides or herbicides are used. Natural yeasts are utilized for fermentation.
|Petite Arvine Vigne Rovettaz: Made from 100% Petite Arvine grapes planted in the Rovettaz vineyard at 700 meters altitude. The wine undergoes a long fermentation on the lees with repeated “batonage” for the first month after fermentation. Bright and fragrant with notes of citrus and fennel, this wine has a solid structure that allows it to be enjoyed young or with substantial bottle age. Biodynamic Certified|
|Pinot Gris Vigne Creton: from a small parcel in the “Creton” vineyard, the ultimate wine undergoes fermentation in stainless steel and is handled in a manner similar to that of the Petite Arvine. Biodynamic Certified|
|Muscat a Petit Grain: an experimental parcel planted to this highly aromatic grape; extremely limited in production, vinified dry to emphasize the complex mineral elements of the high mountain vineyards. Biodynamic Certified|
|Torrette: An indigenous blend of 80% Petit Rouge together with a varying amount of Vien de Nus, Doucet, Fumin and Mayolet. The vineyard sites are at an altitude of 550-650m and trained using the Guyot system, allowing the vines to drape down the terraced hillside. The wine ages in both stainless steel and oak casks. Biodynamic Certified|
|Torrette Superieur Vigne Rovettaz: A blend of 85 % Petit Rouge, 10% Fumin and 5% Cornalin, produced from rich, sandy soils facing south/south-west. Maceration is done on the skins for 6-7 days with thrice daily pumping over. Elevage is done in stainless steel. Biodynamic Certified|
|Pinot Noir: While this wine is 100% Pinot Noir, 70% are from French lineage and 30% are of the rare Wadenzwil strain. The vineyards are at a high altitude (600-750m) and steep incline, allowing for the distinct alpine characteristics to show through. Vinification in wood casks with daily punching down for three days, followed by 10-12 days of settling before aging partly in steel, part in oak. Biodynamic Certified|
|Pinot Noir Vigne Tzeriat: The oldest pinot vines produce the grapes for this cuvée, which receives daily pressings for two weeks, followed by malolactic fermentation and 10 months in barrique. Biodynamic Certified|
|Gamay: Produced from 100% Gamay and planted to a greater density than the other reds of the estate (10k vines/ha). 4-5 days of maceration followed by aging in stainless steel to produce a fruity but rigorous wine with abundant aromatics. Biodynamic Certified|
|Premetta: Made from 90% Premetta and 10% Cornalin and sourced from the highest vineyards of the domaine at 800m. The wine is aged in steel tanks and yields a dry wine that is light in color and body but which houses subtle tannins. The Premetta is extremely limited in production! Biodynamic Certified|
Cornalin Vigne Rovettaz: First produced in the 2005 vintage, the wine from this local grape variety is subtly herbaceous with dominant notes of red cherry fruit; full bodied and lively, the Cornalin from Grosjean has the potential to be a serious, long-lived wine. Biodynamic Certified
|Fumin Vigne Merletta: Produced solely from the Fumin grape, another autochthonous variety of this region; the juice is fermented in wood vats and then aged in a mix of cask and barrel. This is the longest-lived wine of the estate with deep color, an intense wild berry flavor and layers of complexity, yet soft tannins at an early age make this wine appealing even in its youth. A wine we judge to have superior potential as the most profound wine of this estate. Biodynamic Certified|
20 Under $20: Minimal Effort, Maximum Pleasure
On those nights when you just need to flop, find a wine that’s alive, interesting, easy to enjoy and moderately priced. It is the reward you deserve.
By Eric Asimov
Sept. 19, 2019
Weeknights are a state of mind. More accurately, they are a state of fatigue.
Whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday, sometimes all you want is an uninterrupted stretch of peace and quiet, maybe some leftovers and a chance to wear out the Netflix subscription. That, and a couple of glasses of decent wine.
Wine with dinner is an easy win, especially with a bottle that is not only good enough to pique your interest and reward your attention, but one that is also inexpensive, without requirements for concentration or close observation.
Anjou Blanc Les Rangs de Long 2018 $17.99
Château Soucherie makes excellent Savennières. This is the first time I’ve had its Anjou Blanc, made with chenin blanc grapes grown in clay, sand, schist and limestone in the greater Anjou region, outside the Savennières appellation. Typically of the Anjou, it’s got an earthy, minerally flavor that is sometimes described as “wooly.” I love it. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, New York)
Grosjean Frères Torrette Vallée d’Aoste 2016 $19.99
The terraced hillsides in the Vallée d’Aoste sit practically on the border with France. French and Italian are both spoken, and though this is an Italian wine, the label uses the French Vallée d’Aoste, so I’ll stick with it. It’s made largely of the petit rouge grape, another French name, with flavors of dark, spicy fruit. It’s lively, with a deep note that keeps me intrigued. (Rosenthal Wine Merchant)