Ciu Ciu

Offida, Marche

Marche

It was Alex O’Hara who, after completing our challenge of two exhaustive days ‘speed dating’ the Marche, confidently proclaimed Ciù Ciù’s wines the best.
We have tried to prove her wrong for the last five years, but using the old quality/price scales there is nothing to compare, they really are strong across their whole range.

The family has now completed construction of a new winery near San Benedetto, just in time, as they were bursting out of the old buildings on the edge of Offida . 

Brothers Massimiliano and Walter Bartolomei have 130 hectares at their disposal across the heart of the Piceno hills and more recently near to Moro d’Alba; all are farmed organically, some are in transition, but most are certified. 

Plantings are based on the traditional vines of the area with passerina, pecorino and trebbiano for white wines and montepulciano and sangiovese for red. 
The ubiquitous pinot grigio, chardonnay and sauvignon are present but corralled into the single wine, ‘Tebaldo’ which I like, but not enough to buy.

 

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  1. Ciu Ciu. Rosso Piceno 'Bacchus' 2014

    Soft, supple brambly fruit, open and easy with a touch of spice, pepper and savoury on the finish.  A mini-classic Piceno.


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  2. Ciu Ciu. Pecorino 'Merlettaie' 2013

    This vintage leans towards apricot, with kiwi and basil enriching the experience.  Beautiful creamy texture, a fine complexity that suits everything from convivial company to blue cheese to fish dishes.


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  3. Ciu Ciu. Passerina Spumante 'AltaMarea' 2013

    Passerina has a habit of straying deeply into the tropical spectrum, but is saved from such indignity when picked early, here the fruit is citrus with ripe pear and dried herb.  An original and lovely spumante.


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  4. Ciu Ciu. Montepulciano 'Oppidum' 2010

    Old school, classic montepulciano.  Brooding, muscular fruit with truffle and dark chocolate flavours, tannins are ripe and firm, floral and mineral elements lift the wine, a worthwhile addition to any cellar.

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