For connoisseurs, collectors and drinkers alike, Piemonte is a happy hunting ground. Its unique climate, geography and history has conspired to create a vinous and gastronomic Valhalla.
The majority of Piemonte wines concentrate on single varieties, which makes things a little easier to understand, then again there were 16 DOCGs and 42 DOCs last time I looked (probably more now) and some are ‘Village Wines’ and some ‘Varietal’.
The most famous village wines are Barolo, Barbaresco and Gavi, waiting in the wings are the Alto-Piemonte village wines, which I am convinced will be the greats of the future.
For now though, the rule of thumb is that Nebbiolo is fantastic and the best wines are from the villages of Barolo and Barbaresco.
Barbera is wonderful and is best from Nizza or when planted in prime Barolo sites; Dolcetto can be rather lovely so long as it is not over-extracted.
Gavi is making a real resurgence in qualitative terms though it is Arneis and Erbaluce, which will be responsible for the great wines of the future.
Finally, Moscato is being taken seriously and there are some superb wines to try, there are also a good many to avoid.
our Piemontese selection by Winemaker / Estate...
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Brezza Barolo 2011
Quite deep core of garnet but very pale on the edge, no evidence of amber of bricky colours.Learn More
Extraordinary nose, huge and complex, a bit of an assault really: dark chocolate, cedar, rose petals the full Barolo experience in fact.
Brezza Barolo Sarmassa 2011
White rose, camomile, tarragon and sloe on the nose, pure, deep muscular wine, deep damson and sloe with rose, liquorice and spice. A remarkable, full wine that balances delicate nuances with real power, the purity of Nebbiolo is uninterrupted by oak, a very beautiful wine.Learn More£44.00 As low as: £41.80