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Piedmont

Nebbiolo and Much More

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. Broglia 2018 Gavi di Gavi La ContessaIn stock
    Broglia's Gavi is light and fragrant with touches of lemongrass, grapefruit and white flowers. Delicate and vibrant Learn More
  2. Luigi Einaudi 2017 Dogliani Superiore 'Vigna Tecc'In stock
    Poderi Luigi Einaudi is arguably the best producer of Dolcetto in Italy, and their reputation goes back to 1896 when... Learn More
  3. Luigi Einaudi 2018 Langhe NebbioloIn stock
    Poderi Luigi Einaudi is arguably the best producer of Dolcetto in Italy, and their reputation goes back to 1896 when... Learn More
  4. Valle Roncati 2019 Nebbiolo Rose Colline Novarese 'Poderi di Sopra'In stock
    Valle Roncati is not only known for their beautiful reds from Nebbiolo, they also make a stunning rose. We like it for... Learn More
  5. Monchiero 2014 Barolo 'Montanello'In stock
    Monchiero is, in my opinion, perhaps Barolo's greatest under-the-radar producer. This winery dates back to 1971 and... Learn More
  6. Monchiero 2014 Barolo 'Roere di Santa Maria'In stock
    Monchiero is, in my opinion, perhaps Barolo's greatest under-the-radar producer. This winery dates back to 1971 and... Learn More
  7. Monchiero 2016 Barolo 'Rocche di Castiglione'In stock
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    Monchiero is, in my opinion, perhaps Barolo's greatest under-the-radar producer. This winery dates back to 1971 and... Learn More
  8. Luigi Giordano 2012 Barbaresco MontestefanoIn stock
    Montestefano is one of Barbaresco's greatest vineyard sites, and made by an excellent, but under-the-radar producer.... Learn More
  9. Luigi Einaudi 2016 Barolo 'Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi'In stock
    £39.00
    Poderi Luigi Einaudi's reputation goes back to 1896 when the winery was established by Luigi Einaudi who later became... Learn More
  10. Valle Roncati 2013 Fara Riserva 'Ciada'In stock
    Valle Roncati is our latest discovery from Alto Piemonte. This is one of their red Riservas: Fara. This is one of Alto... Learn More
  11. Valle Roncati 2013 Sizzano Riserva 'San Bartolomeo'In stock
    Valle Roncati is our latest discovery from Alto Piemonte. This is one of their red Riservas: Sizzano. This is one of... Learn More
  12. Famiglia Anselma 2013 BaroloIn stock
    Anselma is threatening to be one of Barolo's most important producers. They are significant vineyards owners with many... Learn More
  13. Nervi Conterno 2015 GattinaraIn stock
    A candidate for our wine of the year. This estate has recently been ought by Roberto Conterno of Giacomo Conterno fame,... Learn More
  14. Gaja 1997 BarbarescoIn stock
    £195.00
    "Gaja's 1997 Barbaresco is undoubtedly the finest he has yet made. An exquisite effort, it boasts a dense ruby/purple... Learn More
  15. Barolo Riserva Speciale 1891In stock
    £400.00
    This is quite possibly the oldest bottle of Barolo for sale. Sourced from a private cellar in Italy, I am afraid we... Learn More
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