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Marchesi di Barolo

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Marchesi di Barolo

HISTORY OF THE WINE CELLAR

Marchesi di Barolo historical cellars are located in the town of Barolo, in the building overlooking the Castle of the Marquis Falletti. It is here that more than 200 years ago a beautiful story began.

The story of a wine cellar where, in the heart of the Langhe area and protected by gentle hills, a wine was born. This wine, as the French tradition suggests, was called Barolo like the town where it was produced for the first time. No one at that time could imagine that it was destined one day to be king: the King of Wines, the Wine of the Kings.The story begins precisely in 1807, in Paris, when the Marquis of Barolo Carlo Tancredi Falletti married Juliette Colbert de Maulévrier, a French noblewoman and the great granddaughter of the Sun King’s well-known Minister of Finance. Juliette saw the great potential of the wine made in Barolo that, after a complete fermentation and a long aging in wood, would have been able to unveil all the qualities typical of the soil and of the grape variety: Nebbiolo, powerful and austere, able to last long and to express all the characteristics of this extraordinary terroir.

In 1864, Juliette’s death marked the end of the prestigious Falletti dynasty: in order to perpetuate the Marquise’s memory and charitable work, the Opera Pia Barolo was founded and established in the beautiful Palazzo Barolo in Turin.

Juliette Colbert Commendator Pietro Abbona

This story was meant to cross path with the story of another family in Barolo: the Abbona family who had its own wine cellars next to the Castle of Marquis Falletti.

Indeed, at around the same time Pietro Abbona was born. Thanks to his skill and tenacity, Pietro, together with his brother Ernesto and his sisters Marina and Celestina, was eventually able to acquire the Agenzia Tenuta Opera Pia Barolo: the ancient cellars of vinification and refinement of the Marchesi di Barolo estate.

 

Thus Massimo Martinelli, in his book Barolo As I Know It, says:

“Of the personages connected with the name Barolo, some may be considered of historic importance, real and true pioneers…[of these] people first place goes to Pietro Abbona, undisputed patriarch of Barolo…who, as an unquestionable stand-bearer, made the wine of his region known throughout the world. It was from his winery that Barolo made its first historic steps. His large wood casks (some of which one can still be admired today in the cellars in Barolo) were in fact part of the legacy of the Marquise Falletti. Commendatore Abbona inherited a longstanding tradition, a love of the vineyards, the wineries and wine itself, and he brought his label displaying the castles of Barolo and Serralunga to the furthest tables. And it is with pleasure that we recall this great contribution.”

 

Today the Abbona Family (Pictured above) continues the work that began more than two centuries ago producing high quality wines meant to enrich, year after year, the history of this important cellar where modernity and tradition meet and where a great heritage of vineyards and knowledge has been passed down from parents to children for over five generations.

MARCHESI DI BAROLO TODAY

TODAY MARCHESI DI BAROLO IS STILL A FAMILY BUSINESS.

Anna and Ernesto Abbona – the 5th generation – firmly believe in the original and distinguished wines produced in this region, characterized by a number of highly prestigious native vines and a unique soil composition, with amalgams of clay, limestone marl, blueish marl, tuff, sandstone and sand.

In addition to the diversity of the soil, the Langhe are characterized by a rather particular micro-climate, more temperate than the neighbouring areas: the Alps protect against the cold north-western winds while the southern side is protected by the Apennines. Temperature range is essential during harvest in order for the grapes to become intensely fragrant: the sudden change in temperature between day and night causes crystallization on the skins of the grapes, resulting in extraordinary scents and fragrances after vinification. The greatest merit, however, goes to the people who were able to deeply understand what nature has spontaneously offered.

Through its great, historical human experience, Marchesi di Barolo has been and still is a faithful exponent of the diversity of the land and its native vines, while rigorously respecting and preserving the typicality of its products. All this is achieved by using grapes that come from estate vineyards and from contributing vintners selected over the years, favouring optimum position and the ability to maintain individual vineyards. Marchesi di Barolo controls approximately 200 hectares of vineyards and produces wines from the major indigenous varieties of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. In order to better define and enhance their different characteristics, the most prestigious historical crus are made from a single variety, and individually aged and bottled.

BAROLO AND THE LANGHE AREA

The village that gave its name to the “King of Wines” is located in Piedmont, in the heart of the Langhe hills: seabed emerged from the sea in different eras which have donated to our hills irregular shapes and profiles, with an original and exclusive composition of the soil.

The name of Langhe derives from Celtic language and means “Strips of Land”

Two sub-areas essentially characterize the area of production of Barolo: one on the East side, which dates back to the Helvetian era (about 14/16 million years ago), and the other on the West side, a bit younger, which dates back to the Tortorian era (about 7/11 million years ago).

Barolo raises in the middle of these two sub-areas. Its name means “low-rise place” because, even though it is on the top of the hill overlooking the valley towards Alba, it is surrounded by highest hills that protect it from weather fronts and an extreme flow of air.

Barolo and the Langhe in general are located in a very special area: protected by the Alps to the North, West and South and characterized by an environment with great biodiversity.
The climate, therefore, is exceptionally favorable for viticulture: thanks to the continental cool-temperature and the well-defined seasons, grapes can bring out particularly fine and intense aromas.
Wines

SIGNATURE WINES

BAROLO DOCG RISERVA 2005

Variety  100% Nebbiolo

Production Zone

The grapes come exclusively from the best vineyards belonging to the Marchesi of Barolo, vinified separately and blended afterwards.

Cultivation of the Vineyard

The low Guyot trellised system is used on moderately inclined hills which consist of calcareous and clayey soils.

Vinification

Harvest time: 1st –  7th october 2005. The grapes are handpicked then, after being removed from the stalks, they are soft pressed. Fermentation’s temperature is controlled in thermo conditioned vats 32° degrees C. (86° F.). Maceration of 8 days with racking of the product only when all the sugar has been transformed into alcohol.

Aging

The wine is aged for 2 years in traditional Slavonian oak casks, (of 30, 120, 180 hectoliters). The wine is then aged an additional 3 years in the bottle prior to been released under the name of Riserva. Conserved in a cool, dark cellar, this wine can last 25 – 30 years.

Sensory characteristics

Deep ruby red with orange highlights. An intense bouquet with scents of violet, rose and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). Full tasted, full bodied, with soft tannins, that recalls the olfactory sensations. A pleasant “goudron” and truffle blend perfectly with flower and spices notes.

Food Matches

Rich, dry and deep in flavor, Barolo is an excellent accompaniment to red meats, braised and game. It is ideal accompaniment for aged cheeses, not too spicy.

Serving temperature 18° degrees C. (64-68° F.)

Alcohol degrees  14,50 Vol. %.

GAVI DOCG

Variety  Cortese

Production Zone

The grapes come from vineyards grown on the hills of average slope, formed by fine fractions of rock marls: silt and sand. Clay helps for its concentration of mineral salts, to give the wine a remarkable structure.

Cultivation of the Wineyard

The vines are grown with Guyot (VSP trellised) system on hills with moderate inclines.

Vinification

To maintain the integrity and enhance the characteristics of the wine, all the operations of transforming grapes are within the area of production: the grapes are quickly transported to the winery and soft pressed to extract from the peel and the outer area of the grape only the most noble and aromatic fractions. The must is fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then racked into stainless steel tanks or cement tanks to preserve the fresh and fragrant typical aromas. The long stay on the yeast makes this long-lived wine, able to evolve after uncorking and still in the glass.

Sensory characteristics

The color is yellow straw with green hues. The aroma is intense and fine, fruity and floral. It remembers the golden apples and green almonds. The scent of chamomile flowers is strong at the taste, completely in harmony.

Food Matches

A classic wine from tasty appetizers, seafood and fish dishes. Due to its structure and minerality is the ideal wine for rice salads, vegetable pies and light pasta dishes. It goes well with fresh cheese with a soft texture.

Serving temperature  8° degrees C. (46° F)

Alcohol degrees  12,50 Vol. %

HISTORIC CELLARS

Via Roma, 1 – 12060 Barolo (CN) – ITALY
Telefono: +39 0173 56.44.91 +39 0173 56.44.19
Fax: +39 0173 56.44.44

INFO VISITS

The Historic Cellars, located in Via Roma 1,
are open every day from 10:30 to 17:30

RESERVATIONS

Help us welcome you better please make a reservation by calling the following numbers:: +39 0173 56.44.91 / +39 0173 56.44.19 o Sending an email  reception@marchesibarolo.com

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