Posts with the label "marco marengo"

Italy 2016

Italy 2016

Monday 9th March 2020
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

In anticipation of the new vintage, we asked our growers to describe this using one word - 'una parola'. 

Click here to see what they had to say.

Piedmont Paulee

Piedmont Paulee

Sunday 15th April 2018
by Mark Dearing

We were all in high spirits following our annual tasting of the latest Piedmont vintage in London. This year it was the turn of the 2014s; wines that deliver bright and lively vineyard characters while being fresh, energetic and easy to taste young. 

Buoyed though we were from that tasting, the bar was about to rise. For one night only, Justerini & Brooks had reserved the entire Rex Whistler restaurant, part of the esteemed Tate Britain gallery. A London institution amongst wine lovers, the Rex Whistler is celebrated for its generous and mature list of fine wines, impeccable service, and hearty, enjoyable food. It was the obvious choice for a “Piedmont Paulee”.

For the first time in its history one of the UK’s most lauded art institutions would have a full-blooded, boisterous Italian installation on its lower ground floor. Fifteen of the region’s top producers including Giuseppe Mascarello, Elio Altare, Paolo Scavino, Fratelli Brovia, Castello di Verduno, Marco Marengo, Piero Busso, Azelia, Roberto Voerzio, Davide Carlone, Matteo Correggia, and new kids on the block Luigi Oddero, would be joined by forty five eager Nebbiolo enthusiasts for a bespoke four course meal to be enjoyed with innumerable bottles generously donated from one another’s personal cellars.

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.

Piedmont: A feast of friends and family

Piedmont: A feast of friends and family

Tuesday 29th October 2013
by Justerini & Brooks

Last Thursday the Justerini & Brooks sales team set out for Piedmont. The aim of the trip was to visit several of our key estates and to get a feel for the different villages, vineyards and approaches to winemaking. We spent three busy days consuming Piedmont and have come away with so much more…

To understand the wines of Piedmont one must engage with the families, both actual and extended, and with the myths, the histories and the conflicts. The story of Piedmont is one of contrasts: tradition and innovation; respect for the family and revolution. We found three generations all under one roof at Azelia, with Grannie still ruling the vineyard; a gloriously eccentric Domenico Clerico in his glossy modern winery and, at Altare, a story of such sadness that it bought several of us and Elio’s daughter Sylvia to tears. What was most striking about the story of Piedmont is how the stark financial imperatives of the 60s and 70s created and nurtured a culture of such innovation and artistry. We met many young winemakers who are striving for beauty and meaning in their wines and their communities, inspired by the revolution of their parents. There is a new tradition in Piedmont which the previous generation fought for, it is one of freedom and it is firmly focussed on quality. It is not a battle of the modern against the traditional. This battle has been fought and the future for Piedmont is open with producers embracing the best techniques for their wines, whether they be new or old. There is a sense of maturity about the approach here and we think Piedmontese wines have never been better. 

Arborina in a straight Barolo?

Arborina in a straight Barolo?

Friday 7th September 2012
by Julian Campbell

We've long championed Marco Marengo's beautifully Burgundian set of Barolos. Year in year out they offer style, grace and poise, serving to highlight all that is great about La Morra through their elegance, clarity of fruit and super refined tannic structures. 

They also remain particularly good value. Even more so given the recent revelation...

It is no secret that Elio Altare's Brunate fruit comes from Marco Marengo's vines. The arrangement has gone on for years, fruit being separated by hand in the vineyard before making its way to the individual estates. When probing this set up further at our Italian En Primeur tasting last Tuesday, something rather interesting came to light. No money changes hands for the fruit. Rather a portion of the harvest from Elio Altare's Arborina vineyard is donated as payment. Never being enough to bottle as Arborina outright, we wondered where the fruit went. “Oh, it just goes into the straight Barolo” was the answer. No wonder it’s so good...
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