Piedmont

Piedmont

Piedmont is, without fear of contradiction, Italy's most exciting wine region. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy's finest and most long-lived wines, being the ultimate expression of the world's greatest grape variety: Nebbiolo. OK, I might be going a bit far with that one, but it's my favourite. This variety has, perhaps even more so than Pinot Noir, an in-built ability to transmit its terroir into the glass with laser-like precision and clarity. Perhaps this is why there are 170 named, single-vineyards in Barolo alone (what we now call the Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive, or MGAs for short). Barolo is, without doubt, worthy of its title, 'The King of Wines, The Wine of Kings'.

The hills of The Langhe, where Barolo and Barbaresco are found, is also home to other wonderful varieties: Dolcetto is a delight when the winemaker can get the balance of tannins correct, Dogliani being the favoured zone; Barbera is juicy and fruitful with many examples reaching lofty heights of quality; Freisa is light but deliciously complex. There are white varieties too: Arneis is making some kind of come back, since it nearly disappeared entirely: Favorita is the local version of Vermentino; and of course, who could forget Moscato?

Elsewhere, the wines which are receiving the most attention, are those of Alto Piemonte: Gattinara, Ghemme, Sizzano, Fara and many other microscopic DOCs where you can often find pure Nebbiolos, or ocassionally mixed up with Vespolina and Uva Rara. These are not the 'poor man's Barolo', these are distinct wines, worthy of merit. There is also the ubiquitous Gavi di Gavi, one of the few Italian whites with a household name.

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  1. Noah 2022 Costa della Sesia 'Rossonoah'In stock

    Nebbiolo and Croatina blend from Alto Piemonte

    £14.99
  2. Produttori del Barbaresco 2022 Langhe NebbioloIn stock

    Produttori's brilliant Nebbiolo: soft and generous, and just a little edgy

    £24.20
  3. Ciabot Berton 2018 Barolo '1961'In stock

    Marco Oberto's classic Barolo, blended from three single-vineyards

    £33.00
  4. Gaja 2018 BarbarescoIn stock

    £185.00
  5. Gaja 2019 BarbarescoIn stock

    £195.00
  6. Barolo 2018 Mixed Case, 6 bottlesIn stock

    Special Price £216.60 Regular Price £228.00
  7. Gaja 2017 Barolo ConteisaIn stock

    £270.00
  8. Barolo Single Vineyard 2018 Mixed Case, 6 bottlesIn stock

    Special Price £274.36 Regular Price £288.80
  9. Gaja 2017 Barolo SperssIn stock

    £290.00
  10. Gaja Estates Sampler Case, 4 bottlesIn stock

    Special Price £313.50 Regular Price £329.99
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