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Alta Langa "For England" DOCG Blanc de Noir 2016

Contratto
Vintage: 2016
Location: Piemont, Canelli (AT)
10
£ 45.00 £ 39.00 -13%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 52.00/lt.)
cod. 01977

Born for the English market, loved by Italians

What: Complex and pleasantly structured
Why: For its pleasantly dry taste
Perfect with: Porcini mushroom risotto

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

Alta Langa "For England" DOCG Blanc de Noir 2016

Contratto
Vintage: 2016
Location: Piemont, Canelli (AT)
£ 45.00 £ 39.00 -13%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 52.00/lt.)
cod. 01977

Born for the English market, loved by Italians

What: Complex and pleasantly structured
Why: For its pleasantly dry taste
Perfect with: Porcini mushroom risotto

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

Alta Langa "For England" DOCG Blanc de Noir 2016 - Contratto

The history of this sparkling wine produced by Contratto is curious. "For England", in fact, was made around 1920 specifically for the English market. The aim was to meet the tastes of enthusiasts across the Channel with a pleasantly dry bubble. The success of the new product, however, meant that after a few years, between 1950 and 1960 to be exact, it was also introduced to the Italian market, where it immediately met with public approval. For England Blanc de Noir comes from a pure processing of Pinot Noir grapes, harvested in the vineyards owned by Contratto in Bossolasco. Produced with the classic method, the sparkling wine rests on the lees for a good 42 months before disgorging, thus developing perfumes and aromas of great pleasantness and complexity. Intense yellow in colour with copper highlights, For England Blanc de Noir reveals a fine and elegant perlage right from the start, and for several seconds. On the nose, hints of pink grapefruit, brioche and thyme, on the palate, however, it is complex and pleasantly structured. The finish, fresh and persistent, makes it an ideal companion for lunches and dinners. Try it with a tasty risotto with porcini mushrooms.

Giuseppe Contratto founded his winery in 1867, vinifying Moscato grapes from the Monferrato area and producing one of the first Italian sparkling wines re-fermented in the bottle. Also in those years, the Contratto family began the construction of the historic winery, which was completed at the beginning of the twentieth century. From one result to the next, and from one market to the next, the Contratto winery has now passed the 120-year mark. In the meantime, the Contratto family was succeeded by the Bocchino family, already owners of the distillery of the same name, who invested in the relaunch of the company and began an important collaboration with Giorgio Rivetti, who had always been a great lover of Champagne. In 2011, the Rivetti family acquired the winery, giving new impetus to the production of quality sparkling wines and officially joining the Consorzio Alta Langa, becoming a point of reference for the entire denomination. In 2014, the historic Wine Cathedral of Contratto was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evocative place, rich in history, is still the scene of the long bottle-ageing of classic method sparkling wines.

Technical Data Sheet

CHARACTERISTICS
  • TypeAlta Langa DOCG
  • Location Piemont
  • Grapes 100% Pinot Nero
  • Sensations COLOUR: intense with copper highlights. BOUQUET: hints of pink grapefruit, brioche and thyme. FLAVOUR: complex and structured on the palate, with elegant notes of mandarin and fresh flowers accompanying the fresh and persistent finish. The perlage is fine and elegant
  • Vinification After destemming, the grapes pass through the press without being crushed. From the draining of the berries, we obtain the free-run juice, the most precious part of the juice. The first fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled steel tanks. This is followed by about 9 months of ageing, also in steel, and finally by bottling. The second fermentation in the bottle is followed by at least 40 months of refinement on the lees. The remuage is done manually. DRYING: about 9 months after the harvest.
  • Alcoholic strength 12,5% vol
  • Allergens Contains sulphites
TASTING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tips Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Refrigerate no more than 24 hours beforehand. Open and serve as soon as possible
  • Serving temperature 10 grades
  • GlassFlute / Franciacorta
  • When to drink it in 10 years
  • Pairing Appetizer, Meat Menu
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