The Gamay Valsusa Carcajrun d Fransa La Chimera grapes are grown in the Finiere vineyard at an altitude of 750 meters with exposure to sweat on loose soil rich in skeleton; the rocks on the slope are mainly calcareous and limestone. The harvest begins in the first half of September; crushing and destemming, followed by maceration of about 7-10 days on the skins. Malolactic fermentation is carried out simultaneously with alcoholic fermentation with inoculation of bacteria. The Valsusa DOC “Carcajrun ‘d Fransa” La Chimera matures about ten months in steel tanks, refines six months in steel then four months in bottle.
NOTES: In the years that allow it on a part of the production a slightly later harvest takes place (about a week, ten days); on this wine will follow a refinement in tonneaux of the second pass and then ageing in bottle.
The La Chimera agricultural company was founded in 2005 on the initiative of Stefano Turbil, an agricultural expert; located in Chiomonte, in the province of Turin, it is located in the middle of the Val di Susa. Alpine valley located in the western part of Piedmont, on the border with France, the Val di Susa is home to vineyards in almost all of its municipalities, both in the lower valley and in some of the upper ones. The vineyards of La Chimera extend for about two hectares and are obtained from old terraces at 600-700 meters of altitude; they are also composed of indigenous varieties such as avanà, Gamay, Barbera and Dolcetto but also international varieties, such as the Traminer and Syrah, well adapted to the pedoclimatic conditions of the area. Stefano Turbil annually produces about 50 thousand bottles from late harvests; the choice to harvest from the end of September to the end of October guarantees that the strong temperature change between day and night further enriches the aromatic component of the grapes. Since its foundation, the La Chimera farm has been working hard to recover a vine such as avanà, of French origin but also historically cultivated in Val di Susa, which has paid for its breeding difficulties over the years.