Barbera, Larigi Langhe
Elio Altare

Barbera, Larigi Langhe, 2021


Destination

vintage


En primeur

En Primeur
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2021

6x75cl

EP

£290.00



Elio Altare, Barbera, Larigi Langhe, 2021

2021

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Elio Altare, Barbera, Larigi Langhe, 2021

Plush redcurrants and plums with good acidity and a firm, concentrated core, the 2021 Larigi is intense and virile though it carries it well. Barbera tends to accumulate high alcohol, so landing on the right picking date can be complicated. Its saving grace is high acidity. Altare explained that they now have an interplanted mix of young and old vines because of flavescenza dorata. Production has dropped from 3000 bottles down to an unsustainable 900 bottles per year. A stunning 70-year-old, south-facing Barbera parcel sitting at the top of the Arborina vineyard.

ABV:
13%
95/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2021 Larigi is classy, elegant and super-polished. Silky tannins wrap around a core of red cherry/plum fruit. Spice, new leather, cedar and blood orange all meld together. The 2021 is one of the more refined, medium-bodied Larigis I have tasted here. The purity of the fruit is compelling.
Date Reviewed:
01/2024

specifications

country:
Italy

region:
Piedmont

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Producer:
Elio Altare

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Allergen Information:
This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.


Elio Altare

Elio Altare

Elio has done Piedmont wines a great service over the last two decades. Not only has the outstanding quality of his delightful ‘La Morra’ Barolo wines raised Piedmont’s profile, but he has taken many younger growers, such as Marco Marengo, under his wing giving them advice and instilling confidence in them to make and bottle their own wines. Elio’s production of modern style Burgundy-influenced Barolos is, alas, miniature, meaning many of the Cru Barolos sell out before they even reach our list. Always experimenting and looking to perfect his art, Elio makes some stunning wine outside of his strong Barolo portfolio, including the old vines single vineyard Larigi Barbera and the Barbera Nebbiolo blend, La Villa. As Elio steps ever closer to full retirement, his talented daughter Silvia has taken greater control of wine production, carrying on the estate's concept of producing "modern classics." One of Silvia's recent initiatives was to produce the uno per uno cuvée, a staggeringly labour intense wine produced by cutting berries (selecting from the estate's best plots) off of their stalks for whole berry fermentation. The result is one of the modern day greats of Barolo. Their flagship wine, the Barolo blend, undergoes a short fermentation of up to a week, followed by ageing in used oak barriques for 2 years, the same method applies to the Cru Barolos apart from the fact that there is some new oak - anything up to 30%. The langhe wines are all aged for a shorter time, 12-6 months, in 100% new oak. Despite these modern methods oak or alcohol are not at all the feature of these wines you'd expect. Rather they are packed with vivid character, offer silky textures and are some of the most intense wines Piedmont has to offer. Viticulture is organic and sulphur usuage is incredibly low. These are some of the most honest, pure and environmentally friendly wines in the region.

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