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En Primeur
Italy

Justerini & Brooks
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 2018

A week of tasting the new releases in Piedmont at some of region’s best addresses revealed a 2018 vintage that is seductively charming and instantly likeable. Very different in style to the richer, more concentrated 2017s but, in our view, a step up. These are aromatic, poised wines of sweet red fruit, freshness, delicacy and melt-in-the-mouth structures. 2018 may not be the typical powerhouse Barolo blockbuster to stick away for fifty years, however this is an early-drinking vintage of sufficient intensity and balance to last a good 10-15 years plus. When wines show this well young, why look beyond two decades? These Barolos and Barbarescos will give great pleasure early in their life, to Nebbiolo geeks and newcomers alike. Contrary to uniform vintages, such as 2016, If you look outside of the established, quality-minded producers, you are sure to find a lot of variation; however a week of visits to the growers we know and love resoundingly confirmed that it was clearly possible to make beautiful wine in 2018.

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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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