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The Vintage Report: Piedmont 2014

The Vintage Report: Piedmont 2014

Tuesday 13th March 2018
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

The snow-capped Langhe region provided a perfect live map of Barolo & Barbaresco’s finest vineyards during my visit to Piedmont last week.  

Bare, melted patches amidst the vast blanket of white revealed exactly where lay the vineyards with the best exposures and warmest micro climates.  In the old days this is how entrepreneurial growers decided on which plots to expand into next, where to do their deals.  These very patches yielded some superb wines in the newly-released 2014 vintage, a year that had its challenges but one that, in the end, proved well-suited to the late-ripening Nebbiolo vines when grown on hillside sites.  For the vintage’s greats, think Brunate, Cerequio, Cannubi, Monvigliero and right across Barbaresco… to call out just a few

Piedmont 2013:

Piedmont 2013: "Nothing short of outstanding."

Monday 3rd April 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

For the Justerini & Brooks buying team, the annual Piedmont trip is one of the most eagerly anticipated. Protected by the Alps to the north and the Mediterranean to the south, Piedmont is a very special place.

Arriving from busy Milan, spirits lift as the Langhe hills loom into view. It is a striking landscape. Atop winding country roads, medieval villages cut a sharp silhouette, hopping across steep, jagged valleys and awe-inspiring vineyards from one hilltop to the next. It was good to be back.

Of course, we were here to taste the wines. This time our focus was the latest 2013 vintage releases from Barolo, Barbaresco and Alto Piemonte. A week in mid-March under dry, sunny skies was just the climate for strolling vineyards and tasting in cellars. Growers were happy too – a spell of fine weather signalling the arrival of spring and budburst in a few of the earlier ripening vineyards. Our schedule was busy; twenty estates in four days - with the great and the good - and some new faces too.

A New Year message: Letter from London

A New Year message: Letter from London

Wednesday 4th January 2017
by Chadwick Delaney

We will all certainly remember 2016 as the year of milestones. In the broader world 2016 was a year of quite some change, which has given us a lot to reflect on. Beyond careful planning for the future, at Justerini & Brooks it was a year we allowed a small focus on celebration. 

Firstly, we had a couple of important anniversaries. Our business, which started in St. James’s back in 1749, celebrated its 150th anniversary of doing business with the United States. The arrival of ocean-going steam ships allowed the rich and inquisitive of New York to come to London, and us to go there (Justerinis subsequently opened an office there in 1866). Yet records show the U.S. didn’t even house our first overseas customer – a lone Indian Maharaja beats the glitzy and more broad arrival of Manhattan by eight years. From that first customer we now service the needs of collectors across 49 different countries.

A celebration of the wines of Giuseppe Mascarello

A celebration of the wines of Giuseppe Mascarello

Tuesday 21st June 2016
by Justerini & Brooks

Last week we were delighted to welcome Elena Mascarello, from the pre-eminent Barolo estate Giuseppe Mascarello, for a very spoiling dinner in the Justerini & Brooks dining room. 

Lucky attendees were struck by the sense of responsibility that softly-spoken Elena conveyed, as she discussed the importance of their place within Piedmont. It’s no secret that the Mascarellos are arch-traditionalists in the world of Barolo. Even in periods of great turbulence and changing tastes, they have always marched in their verities, resolute in an ambition to craft traditional, long-lived Barolos via slow, gentle macerations and extended barrel ageing in large Slavonian casks.

The striking and seductive 2012s

The striking and seductive 2012s

Thursday 17th March 2016
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Is there a more addictive and fascinating wine landscape than Piedmont?  Not as far as this buying team are concerned.  

Our trip last week was timed perfectly, the intricate mosaic of vineyards that covers the Langhe and its link to wine quality was visually brought to life by the snow that had fallen days before our arrival. Blankets of white covered the less well-exposed and higher sites, whilst on prime Nebbiolo land the soils were entirely exposed to the elements.  Even within adjacent vineyard parcels a south-eastern tilt was white as a sheet, whilst the southwest exposure of the neighbouring plot had melted the snow away. 

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