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BAROLO "CESARE PAVESE" Vallebelbo
- Region: Piemonte
- Type: Still Red Wine
- Proof: 13,5/14%
- Wine Variety: 100% Nebbiolo (Michet and Lampia)
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: : Hills of the Langhe, in particular in the area of St Stefano Belbo. Aging 3 years (at least) of which 18 months in oak or chestnut barrels (for the Reserve at least 5 years). Service Temperature: 20 degrees.
- Uniqueness: Historically defined as "King of Wines and Wine of Kings". It presents a refined balance between soft sensations, based on the warmth of alcohol and the velvety drink, and the strong sensations caused by flavor and tannins.
"King of Wines and Wine of Kings"
Barolo is a historically Piedmontese wine and is considered one of the most important wines in the world. Single-variety vinification with Nebbiolo grapes, it has had a strong characterization from the mid 18th century thanks to the last Marquess of Barolo Giulia Colbet Falletti (born in France, later transplanted to Barolo after the marriage with the Marquis Tancredi di Barolo, very modern and known for its works of charity) and Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour (the great Piedmontese politician at the origin of the unity of Italy). They involved great experts who applied to Barolo the advanced French production and winemaking techniques, adapted to the peculiarities of the territory and the traditions of the Langhe. In particular, Gen. F. Staglieno, great expert in the French fermentation method "Gervais", wrote a famous treatise on Piedmontese oenology (1835). He's responsible for the vineyards of Pollenzo, an important property of the Savoy, today the headquarters of the Pollenzo Agency promoted by Slowfood and the famous Gastronomic University, Italian excellence worldwide. Less certain is the involvement of the French oenologist and merchant Ouder, who since 1843 seems to have worked in several places in Piedmont, including the Cavour estate in Grinzane. The interventions made to improve the Barolo, led to the overcoming of the initial roughness or its excessive sweetness, with the definition of the key characteristic of the Barolo based on an extraordinarily complex and dynamic bouquet without losing its wide organoleptic qualities that follows the great aptitude for extremely long-lasting refinements. With these characteristics Barolo became ambassador of Piedmont and Savoy in the European Courts.
Birthday at the Pollenzo Agency
For your birthday you decide to spend a weekend at the Agenzia di Pollenzo near Bra and after a visit to the Wine Bank you taste a Barolo with Piedmontese crackers and a glass of aged Castelmagno. The combination is powerful, velvety and very pleasant. Then, you decide to dine at the restaurant managed by the Slowfood team and you try a delicious Brased Beef with Barolo, that brings you back to childhood. Later on, you will turn off the candle on a fantastic Bunet combined with a magnificent Barolo Chinato.
The "languages" of earth of marls and sands
The Barolo is produced in the municipalities of Barolo, Castiglion Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and part of the territories of La Morra, Monforte d'Alba, Roddi, Verduno, Cherasco, Diano d'Alba, Novello and Grinzane Cavour. It is said that it is a wine of the Langhe, strips of land geologically formed by marls and stratified sands. The Langhe del Barolo are almost always oriented towards the north to look at the Tanaro river. This orientation is one of the components that make Barolo austere.