Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna della Neve, Cantine Gemma
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Established in 1932 by Désiré Petit, who planted just under 1.5 hectares on the Côte de Feule, the vineyard holdings were increased by his sons Gerard and Marcel to encompass a wide variety of terroirs in the commune of Grozon. The Domaine is now run by the third generation of the Petit family, Damien and Anne-Laure who manage a total of 25 hectares. Located between Burgundy and Switzerland, in an area called the Revermont, the vineyards of Domaine Désiré Petit sit at an altitude of between 200 and 400 meters. Traditional as for most white wine but followed by an aging of 6 years and 3 months in parts of 228 litres without topping up. The surface develops a layer of Flor yeast (as in Manzanilla or Fino sherry) which limits the amount of oxidation and imparts a savoury nutty character to the wine. Manzanilla notes on the nose due to the method of producing of this traditional style of wine which involves a floating layer of yeast called Voile similar to the Flor yeast found in Jerez. The wine shows notes of fresh walnuts and roasted almonds and minerality. The finish is lively yet refined and very long, and the wine has the ability to develop over the next ten to fifteen years.