BUBBLES or SPARKLING

Alta Langa Brut Metodo Classico

Typology: Alta Langa D.O.C.G., Sparkling Traditional Method (Metodo Classico*)
Municipality: Cigliè (CN)
Surface: 2.5 Hectares | 6.17767 Acers
Variety: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Year of planting: 2000-2009-2012
Vines per hectar: 5.000
Exposure: East
Altitude: 500 MASL
Soil structure: Medium mixture of Limestone and Langa stones
Average annual production: 20.000 bottles of 0.75L | 1,000 magnum of 1.5L
Harvest period: The first week of September

Winemaking:
*Metodo Classico or Traditional Method is the Champagnois method to make sparking wines. What that means is the bubbles are actually produced in the bottle, and will undergo a longer period of time in contact with the “Sur Lees” (the dead sugar and yeast cells) to make the wine more creamy, complex, and will often show notes of bread crust or freshly baked Croissant. The grapes are hand harvested and places into small plastic baskets, and are brought to the winery where they are immediately pressed in whole cluster, taking the skins off the must and from this will undergo a first selection. For the alcoholic fermentation, the Chardonnay will be placed into medium sized, non toasted oak barrels; the Pinot Noir however will be fermented in vertical stainless steel tanks. The alcoholic fermentation for both grapes will be kept at a low temperature during this fermentation.
Once the alcoholic fermentation has completed the wine will remain on the lees for a period of refinement, at this time periodic bâtonnage are carried out. The wines are then moved to the bottle where the triage (sugar + yeast) will be added, so the wine will undergo a small 4-6 months of alcoholic fermentation again in the bottle. At the end of this period the wine will age on its lees for another 30 months before the disgorgement and dosage (addition of liqueur d’expedition) takes places. After 3 to 4 months of rest in the bottle the sparkling wine is ready to be put on the market for consumption.

Tasting:
Color: Intense straw yellow color with a fine and persistent perlage
Nose: Bread crust, dried fruits (peach, apricots), with some underlying floral notes
Palate: Full and rich with a good acidity and creamy sensation given by the perlage which helps to clean the mouth and gives a good aromatic persistence. Pairings: Sparkling wine is always a way to celebrate with friends and loved ones, but can also be a wine that pairs well with salame and cheese, a quiche or even shell fish.

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