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En Primeur

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En Primeur Italy

While Italy's reputation as a wine-growing region is undoubtedly built on history and the legacy attached to names like Barolo, Chianti and Brunello, there are also amazing things happening across the rest of the country. A quick look at Tenuta Delle Terre Nere on the north face of Mount Etna and at Rocca del Principe, who are making outstanding Fiano from the prime Arianiello Hill in Lapio, Campania - for example - and it is clear the quality and diversity of Italian wines has never been better. In fact, it's improving year after year. New artisan producers keep popping up onto our radar, passionate growers who make utterly compelling wine from indigenous varieties in far flung corners of the country. These are exciting times indeed.

Piedmont 2017

Brilliance and Resilience

If there is a vintage that epitomises the dedication and brilliance of Piedmont’s current generation of wine producers, then it is surely 2017. It was a year that may live long in the memory for the growers; the season was challenging, to say the least, but through adversity they triumphed. Whilst not nearly as profound or homogenous as 2016, this is a very good vintage that yielded some really attractive wines; Barolo and Barbarescos that will give a lot of pleasure early in their life and age well over the next decade. This really is a huge credit to the quality and consistency of winemaking in the Langhe these days.

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Italy 2016

Il Sogno!

2016 has made a reputation for itself as a great vintage in Piedmont. On the evidence of the wines our buying team tasted in February, such a tag is well-justified. Its place amongst the pantheon of top vintages is assured. The question is whether it surpasses legendary years such as 2013, 2010 and 2001. Many believe it does. People will judge for themselves and no doubt time will tell but, for now, what we can say is that we were thoroughly impressed by this thrilling and harmonious vintage that teeters somewhere between classical and modern in style. Classical in the sense that the wines display fresh acidities and veins of pure, crisp fruit, but modern in the sense of greater attention to detail in the vineyard and the cellar; gentle extractions, restraint in favour of power, and tactile, sophisticated, ripe fruit profiles displaying none of the rusticity sometimes seen in the past. Indeed, 2016, although early days, has every potential to set a new bar for the region’s most dynamic, terroir-driven producers – many of whom are represented in our offer today. Furthermore, the growing trend for more neutral oak and lower density wines is has imbued many of these 2016s with a newfound clarity – it is potentially the most graceful vintage of modern times.

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