Franco Noussan Pinot Gris


5 in stock

Vintage: 2019
Region: Valle d’Aosta, Italy
Viticulture: Organic
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Gris

Franco Noussan Pinot Gris is from a single organic vineyard high up in the Alps of northern Italy, next to Switzerland. Medium-bodied and complex.

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5 in stock

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About Franco Noussan Pinot Gris

Franco Noussan Pinot Gris is from a single organic vineyard high up in the Alps of northern Italy, right next to Switzerland, all hand harvested and wild fermented, then aged in steel on the lees. Medium-bodied and complex with orchard fruit, white flowers, and crushed rocks.

About Franco Noussan

Franco Noussan is a “garagiste” in St Christophe, a small village 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 professor at the local university in Aosta and when not teaching, he likes to work in the vineyards and make wine and Eaux-de-Vie.

The grapes are from small family parcels in different areas near St-Christophe. In 1999, his family acquired vineyards from his wife Gabriella’s side. They were all old vines, the majority over 70 years old, planted in Petit Rouge, Mayolet, Fumin, and Pinot Gris. The vines are all over 40 years and the majority are much older. In 2003 he also began renting some vineyards and now has about 5.5 hectares of surface. The vineyards are worked without herbicides and are plowed. The yields are kept small. He started making wine just for the family’s and friends’ consumption, but then began bottling and selling the wine in 2005 under his own name. The grapes are
harvested by hand, the fermentations are with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks, pressed using a hand press, then the wine is aged in smaller oak barrels for a year to 14 months. The wines are bottled unfiltered. All of this was done in Franco’s garage/cave.

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