Fabien Bonnet and Stefania Galimberti are the ones behind the Les Petits Riens. They strive by the holistic approach living according to the cycles of nature, in harmony with the earth and sky. Even the bottles are sealed with their own produced beeswax. Is this still heroic viticulture or more harmonic viticulture? 😉
Les Petits Riens are making fantastic wines with a total dedication to the cause. Their approach is what one would call true craftsmanship. The quantities of the wines produced are limited. The reason is to be able to personally follow all the phases and care for the wines they make. All the wines are done biologically and actually to what would also fit the Demeter requirements. Les Petits Riens don’t own the certifications, just as many winemakers producing quality wines in the Valle d’Aosta. The reason is straightforward – they don’t need any logo to make amazing wines.
The vineyard Fabio and Stefania work with is two hectares, with cultivated 12 different native and non-native vines (local Cornalin, Petit Rouge, Gamay, Erbaluce, Syrah, Chardonnay, Mayolet, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Mondeuse Noire). Each grape variety is vinified naturally, with the least interventionist work possible. The vines were planted in 1987, and the farm (incl. the vineyard) is located in between 600 and 800 meters above the sea level.
80% Chardonnay and 20% Erbaluce (indigenous to the region), aged for 24 months: 40% in steel and 60% in the barrique. After the pressing, the juice is left for one night decanting. The fermentation process starts with indigenous yeasts (prepared from the same grapes). Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously.
Petit Bout de Lune is an authentic wine to contemplate and enjoy in silence. Beautifully elegant, deserve the full attention to appreciate it. With the only first sip, I knew right away – I need to sit down. My mind went straight back to the beautiful days I spent in the Valle d’Aosta, enjoying the fantastic nature, local products made with love and care, playing with a dog I met at the hotel and just jogging around the vineyards. Excellent wine, one of the absolute best I had in 2019.
👀Appearance: clear, medium intensive gold
👃Nose: clean, medium intensity. Noticeable flowers and fruits. Straw, grass, prominent apples from Erbaluce, pineapple.
👅Palate: dry, low acidity, very well incorporated alcohol. Caramel, Butter. Very flowery. Noticeable honeysuckle, pear, a little citric. Long finish.
🧪SO2: 50mg / l
Outstanding wine, the 2015 vintage is ready to drink as of 2019. I wouldn’t wait too long now to open the bottle.