2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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by Dixon Brooke
The Monte Bianco Tunnel leads you into the western edge of the Valle d’Aosta by car, exiting suddenly and beautifully into the Alpine ski town of Courmayeur. The Aosta Valley, named after its principal town, cuts west to east before turning south and leading you into the Po Valley and the wines of Piedmont. The mesmerizingly rugged valley is characterized by sheer cliffs on either side—tall, majestic granite peaks more fitting for mountain goats than vines. Incredibly, a precious few hectares of terraced vines cling to the hillsides, mostly to supply the locals with their daily sustenance. The overwhelming majority of the grape farmers here take their grapes to a local cooperative, so estate-bottled wine in this neck of the woods is one of the rarest of Italian wines. Maurizio Fiorano is one of the brightest stars in the region.
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