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Barbaresco "Cesare Pavese" Vallebelbo
- Region: Piemonte
- Type: Still Red Wine
- Proof: 13,5%
- Wine Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: Hills of the Langhe in particular in the area of St Stefano Belbo. Aged at least 2 years of which 18 months in oak or chestnut barrels (for the Reserve at least 4 years). Service Temperature: 20 degrees.
- Uniqueness: The great agreeableness is induced by the balance between the soft sensations, based on the warmth of alcohol, the velvety drink and the hard sensations of the flavor and the important tannins.
The origins of a prestigious wine
It is one of the most prestigious wines of Italy, it is vinified with Nebbiolo grapes in the municipalities of: Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive. The name derives from a reference to the Barbarians, who made the Roman Empire fall, or from the Roman wine "Barbaritium" which interested a lot the Gauls. In the 19th century, its excellent Nebbiolo grapes were consumed locally or given to the nearby Barolo producers. It was with Domizio Cavazza, who in 1881 was appointed Director of the Enological School of Alba, that Barbaresco will start his own life. He bought an estate in the area, he worked hard to define his own personality, and in 1896 he founded the first Cantina Sociale del Barbaresco. There was a precedent in Neive with a wine similar to Barbaresco, called Neive and built by the oenologist Oudart, who won a gold medal at the London Exposition of 1862, but the name Barbaresco will officially come only after thirty years with Cavazza. Barbaresco had a negative period till the end of the 50s. The '60s were the years of its revenge, it entered the empyrean of great wines thanks to the contribution of major producers: Dante Bruno Giacosa and Angelo Gaja. It differs from Barolo because of its typical, more sandy soil, which guarantees more delicate aromas that make this wine less austere.
During a summer storm
It's August, you'll end up working too late and decide to dine out in Milan. A storm breaks out and it cools the air. You smell the scent of wet grass and you imagine the countryside, the so familiar restaurant. You have decided: you will eat there. You choose a roasted guinea fowl garnished with black truffles. To make your evening perfect, you match a good 8-year-old Barbaresco, enveloping and elegant, which makes your moment of solitude special.
In the most sandy Langhe
Barbaresco is produced in the municipalities of Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive. It is a wine of the Langhe, strip of land geologically formed by marls and stratified sands. It has a greater presence of sand than the land of Barolo.