If you’re from the UK then just forget about it. If you’re reading this in the USA you can buy the Muller-Thurgau, which is fab news as it’s one of the best, but only the Muller-Thurgau, sorry.Recognise this bottle? All Anselmet wines do look rather similar but I am very keen on this simple style and the type font sets the tone for the whole experience I find (she said in Trebuchet).
Who are Anselmet?
Between Saint Pierre and Villeneuve (very Italian) you can find the historic wine making area of Torrette and the small but perfectly formed winery of Anselmet and it’s owner Renato.
Producing 35,000 bottles and with just 5 hectares under vine, Anselmet are highly respected producers in the region, not only for the numerous awards and accolades they’ve accumulated over the years, but also for their dedication to the indigenous grapes of the Valle d’Aosta and their hearty flag waving for the wine region in general.
Recently I was lucky enough to try 9 Anselmet wines in Italy at a tasting that comprised several of the best winemakers in the Valle d’Aosta including La Crotta di Vegneron, Les Cretes and, the up and coming, Elio Ottin. What follows is a set of adjectives, possible similes but certainly no hyperbole and 9 wine reviews.
Anselmet – Muller-Thurgau 2009 – €15
Notes of pineapple, gooseberry and apricot. Mild acidity on the palate with a sumptuous mouthfeel but a touch hot on the end. Beautiful flavours and a surprisingly journey on the palate left me a bit confused. 86 Points
Anselmet – Muller-Thurgau 2010 - €15
As you’d expect, lighter and more vibrant than the ’09 with hints of lime cordial on the nose and a nice little citrus kick on the finish. Tropical notes abound. Better acidity. Crisp and Fresh. 89 Points
Anselmet - Arline NV - €?
Just 900 bottles of Arline per year. Addictive nose, notes of honey, apricot, figs and candied lemon, lovely sweet wine suited perfectly to the blue cheese of the region. Loved it. 89 Points
Anselmet - Chambave Muscat- €14
Sweet orange peel and candied notes on the nose give way to a palate that has filed for divorce. Bitter and herbaceous notes in the mouth but with great length, when that length brings nettles, you don’t want it. You can tell the wine is well made and interesting but it was not to my personal tastes. 84 Points
Anselmet - Chardonnay (Green Label) 2010 - €15
Anselmet - Chardonnay (Eleve en Fut de Chene) 2009 - €30
The star of the show. Elegant nose, spicy and warm with a hint of banana, if Chardonnays were drunk at Xmas, this would be the one to pop. Well balanced, nice use of oak, some tropical flavours and a silky mouthfeel. Happy Chardonnay. 91 Points
Anselmet - Torrette Superiore 2009 - €?
Mid bodied, strawberries and cream and cranberry aromas. Fresh and far more interesting than I thought it would be, complex with a fair few tannins and a good vein of acidity. Surprised and impressed by this. 90 Points
Anselmet - Pinot Noir 2009 - €16
Strawberry, vanilla and hints o’ Hubba Bubba. Interesting wine, really nice flavour profile but then fades to green at the end, full bodied Pinot and well structured if a little one dimensional. 87 Points
Anselmet - Merlot Le Pellerin 2009 - €?
Dark brooding purple and ready to give you what for. Chocolate, plums and some floral aromas join you on the palate for some full on fruit and a bit of heat on the finish, feels like a baby bruiser who needs a few years in the cellar. Still good fun today. 88 Points
Anselmet - Syrah Henri 2009 - €?
Inky deep purple. Bramble, hedgerow, black forest gateau Syrah with an enchanting nose and a super fruit driven palate. My notes say Flavour Flavour and the only underlining in the book reminds me that this must be a knockout wine! 90 Points
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