Located in the tiny, mountainous region of Valle d’Aosta, Franco Noussan and his wife Gabriella are “garagiste” producers of local varieties such as Mayolet, Petit Rouge, Fumin, Cornalin and Vien de Nus. Located in St Christophe, in the hills above the town of Aosta. His cave is dug into the hillside and is literally an extension of his garage. He is a teacher at the local university in Aosta and when not teaching, he likes to work in the vineyards and make wine and eaux-de-vie.
-100% organic. There are no large vineyards here, rather tiny parcels carved into the mountainside.
-The grapes are harvested by hand and the fermentations are with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks, pressed using a hand press, then the wine is aged in smaller oak barrels from a year to 14 months.
-The wines are incredibly aromatic, with low alcohol (approximately 12.5% - except Torette Superior, which is 13.5%) and surprisingly dark color.
For more information, visit: http://www.noussanvini.it/
A highly mysterious field blend of Fumin, Mayolet, Petit Rouge, Cornalin, Vien de Nus, and Pinot Noir.
“The Cuvée de la Côte bottling from Franco Noussan is made up of a field blend of very old vines and indigenous grapes in the region. The 2010 is dynamite, jumping from the glass in a complex mélange of black cherries, dark soil tones, a bit of espresso, woodsmoke, herb tones and tree bark. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and beautifully transparent, with its fine core of black fruit beautifully carried by stony soil tones. The finish is long, modestly tannic and tangy, with fine focus and grip and which closes with a nice touch of bitter botanicals that recalls a great aperitivo from Italy. A very high class and very food friendly wine! 2012-2022. 91.”
-John Gilman, View From The Cellar, January-February, 2012 – Issue # 37