Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore La Court 2013
Michele Chiarlo is one of Piemonte's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyards in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi and also have access to another 50 hectares through their long-term relationship with growers. Stefano Chiarlo heads the technical staff overseeing the vineyards and viticulture. Stefano's ethos can be summed up thus: a balanced or rigorous pruning depending on the oenological goals, a technique of guided pest control using products with no enviromental impact, meticulous manual thinning-out of the grape clusters, tuffing between the rows, no use of anti-mould products. The Dolcetto is a wonderful grape, spritzy and spicy with great acidity; La Court (the first wine ever made by Michele) is the big seller and rightly so, with its beautiful balance and wild berry fruit; the highlight for many are the Barolos, with Cerequio being one of the most lauded vineyards in the whole of Barolo. The one which has them queueing round the block is the classy Nivole, a fantastically refreshing Moscato. Michele Chiarlo wines continue to win awards worldwide.
The wine is aged half in 65 hl French oak barrels where the fermentation took place and half in barriques for 12 months. This is followed by a further 18 months in bottle prior to release.
The superb elegance and richness of this wine places it among the finest wines in Chiarlo's portfolio. Wonderful luscious nose of cedar, cherries and chocolate through to a complex yet fresh palate and fine, long finish. An excellent and very complete wine.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
At 17-18C Excellent with braised beef cheek with caramelised roscoff onions, grilled red meats and a fine cheese platter
Silver (Decanter World Wine Awards 2010)
Country / Region / Appellation
IT / Piedmont / Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOCG
Stefano Chiarlo & Gianni Meleni