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Petit Rouge is a dark-skinned grape variety grown in the Valle d Aosta, northwestern Italy. It is the regions most widely planted red-wine grape, and is used to make tart, fruity reds and which are often compared to Beaujolais. As the most prolific variety of the region, Petit Rouge is present in many of the DOCs around Aosta.

It dominates the Enfer d Arvier (85 percent), Torrette (70 percent) and Chambave (60 percent) denominazioni, and plays a minor role in Nus Rouge (30 percent). Common blending partners include Gamay, Pinot Noir and Fumin. The wines (again, like Beaujolais) are often served slightly chilled.
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2011 Feudo Di San Maurizio Torrette Superieur DOC 2011 Feudo Di San Maurizio Torrette Superieur DOC

Producer: Feudo Di San Maurizio
Vintage: 2011
Region: Valle D'Aosta DOC
Varietal: Petite Rouge (90%), Syrah (10%)
Color: Red

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Feudo Di San Maurizio Pierrots (375ml) Feudo Di San Maurizio Pierrots (375ml)

Producer: Feudo Di San Maurizio
Vintage: 2005
Region: Valle D'Aosta DOC
Varietal: Petit Rouge (70%), Fumin (30%)
Color: sweet red wine

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DOC regulations:
Within the Valle d'Aosta DOC, Petit Rouge must be harvested below a maximum yield of 12 tonnes/hectare and be fermented to a minimum alcohol level of 9.5%. Prior to release, the wines must be aged a minimum of 6 months which may include some time in oak. Within the larger regional DOC are several smaller DOCs that may also include Petit Rouge. These include:

Petit Rouge Grapes

Chambave Rosso

Must contain a minimum of 60% Petit Rouge with Dolcetto, Gamay and Pinot noir making up the rest of the blend. Beyond the Valle d'Aosta DOC requirement, Petit Rouge destined for Chambave Rosso must be fermented to a minimum 11% alcohol with the six months of aging taking place in wood barrels.

Enfer d'Arvier

Must contain a minimum of 85% Petit Rouge with Vien de Nus, Neyret, Gamay, Dolcetto and Pinot noir making up the rest of the blend.

Nus Rosso

Primarily Vien de Nus with up to 40% Petit Rouge blended in along with Pinot noir. Beyond the Valle d'Aosta DOC requirement, Petit Rouge destined for Nus Rosso must be fermented to a minimum 11% alcohol with the six months of aging taking place in wood barrels.

Torrette

Must contain a minimum 70% Petit Rouge with Fumin, Dolcetto, Gamay, Neyret, Pinot noir and Vien de Nus making up the rest of the blend. Beyond the Valle d'Aosta DOC requirement, Petit Rouge destined for Torrette must be fermented to a minimum 11% alcohol with the six months of aging taking place in wood barrels. An additional Torrette Superiore designation can be applied if the wine spent eight months aging and achieved a minimum alcohol level of 12%

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