October 2016 Selection

Great crus of the Piemonte

October 2016 Selection

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà 2013 (2 bottles)
Ettore Germano Barbera della Madre 2012 (2 bottles)
Accornero Grignolino Bricco del Bosco 2015 (2 bottles)

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The term cru, known only too well by wine lovers, conjures up a picture of that legendary land which gives rise to the most exceptional wines. In a cru we not only find the best characteristics of a terroir, but also certain special conditions resulting from the microclimate, soil, and the vineyard's exposure to the sun. Although originating in France, the concept of a cru is conferred to other countries, and Italy, the country with the greatest profusion of grape varieties, climates and soils, has seen an excellent opportunity in the usage of this term to re-evaluate its wine-growing panorama.

The Piemonte, among the most famous all over the world of these wine-producing regions, is also one of those which has done most to recognise these magical vineyards. From small-sized parcels which encapsulate the history of a slope or hill, to a small rectangular plot growing a few rows of exceptional vines. An exhaustive selection of vineyards giving rise to the Langhe's great wines and to many others which now receive their well-deserved recognition.

Our selection this month includes three of these excellent products offered by Italian wine. Rabajà, the best-known and most highly-acclaimed Barbaresco cru, is an example of the perfect balance between powerfulness, finesse, fullness and longevity; an excellent example of what this land is capable of, and given a masterful interpretation by Giuseppe Cortese. Vigna della Madre, a vineyard planted in 1979 on chalky soils with excellent exposure to the sun, is the birthplace of the tremendous Barbera d'Alba Superiore, a full-bodied, enveloping wine with extraordinary finesse. Lastly, Bricco del Bosco, a cru that has brought popularity to the Grignolino variety, after having been ignored for many years and demonstrating here the elegance, harmony and subtleness of which it is capable.

A selection that will accompany you to perfection on forthcoming autumnal evenings. Grignolino, and its elegant freshness, will pair up perfectly with any warm starter. Barbera, both austere and enveloping, will match up like nothing else with meats in sauces. For the Barbaresco, nothing better than a roast... Autumn is now upon us, so enjoy all the good it brings us with our selection this month.

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Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà 2013 (2 bottles)

Red. Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco, Italy Nebbiolo

Bottle: £20.85 club members / £23.69 non-members


The winery's flagship, the Barbaresco Rabajà originates from one of the most representative crus of the whole denomination and is masterfully interpreted at the hands of Giuseppe Cortese. A great Nebbiolo on which the exceptional nature of the terroir bestows desirable balance, elegant expression and notable longevity.

Proceeding from a south-westerly slope of Rabajà, this Barbaresco ages for between 20 to 22 months in Slavonian oak barrels, with some new and others up to 9 years old in age, and then refines for a further 9 months in bottle before being released onto the market. On the nose there's an abundance of red fruits — dried, in conserve and liqueur — on a faint balsamic background with hints of leather and spices. This same profile is confirmed on the palate, with tannins evident but silky, with total harmony and an ever-lasting persistence.

From the year 2000 until 2012, the Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà has exceeded Robert Parker's 90 points on 11 occasions and has very often figured among the finalists in the Gambero Rosso tasting awards. An essential wine for anyone who takes pride in knowing not only the Barbaresco variety but also Italian wine.

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà 2013
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Ettore Germano Barbera della Madre 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Ettore Germano Barbera d'Alba, Italy Barbera

Bottle: £12.81 club members / £14.56 non-members


In the increasingly rich panorama of Barbera wines, the della Madre from Ettore Germano fully deserves its place of honour. Albeit far from the lively but simple, traditional interpretations of this variety, Barbera della Madre, from the excellent Alba cru, does bring to mind this classic profile with its deep colour, but its ruby and garnet tones also show us a wine with personality.

On the nose, the aromas of red fruits and jam mingle with intense notes of undergrowth and vanilla. The palate confirms a marvellous balance between its fresh, youthful and appealing elements and others that are more evolved, full and austere. The unusual harmony between its complexity and approachability is due to excellent ageing in barrels, where this Barbera matures for a total of about 20 months.

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • For drinking this year.

Ettore Germano Barbera della Madre 2012
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Accornero Grignolino Bricco del Bosco 2015 (2 bottles)

Red. Accornero Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese, Italy Grignolino

Bottle: £7.43 club members / £8.44 non-members


The challenge which Ermanno Accornero set himself when he decided to showcase all the grandeur of the Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese denomination is today a proven success. Bricco del Bosco is a clear example of what can be achieved with the rare Grignolino variety, enhanced here by the exceptional merits of a unique terroir.

The Grignolino is interpreted in different ways by the Accornero winery, which plays around with different periods of ageing and a variety of containers so as to highlight in this way its great versatility.

Offering incredible value for money, Bricco del Bosco appears a lovely ruby colour and reveals an aromatic and perfumed nose. On the palate it comes over as slightly tannic, fresh and with a very elegant fineness. Since 1980 Bricco del Bosco has been enabling us to appreciate the Grignolino's profile, as few have done, thanks to its single varietal composition and a production process carried out in steel tanks in order to preserve all its fragrance.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC

Accornero Grignolino Bricco del Bosco 2015
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