Estate: The Burlotto estate was founded in the mid-1800’s by Giovan Battista Burlotto [called “il Commendatore” by friends and family]. A pioneering winemaker in the region, he was one of the very first in Barolo to sell his wines in bottle [rather than a cask or demijohn]. He was the official provider of wine to the Royal House of Savoy, and put his tiny village of Verduno, in Piedmont, on the map as a region of high quality wines. Following his death in 1927, the estate “faded into obscurity”.
Today, G.B Burlotto’s great-great-grandson Fabio Alessandria has not only revitalized the 15 hectare estate, but has become renowned as an artisanal, traditionalist winemaker. In addition to his stunning Barolo, he is reviving and safeguarding indigenous grapes such as Freisa and Pelaverga. His character driven wines are famous for their purity and elegance.
Winemaking: Organic and low intervention practices are used in both the vineyards and cellar. Grapes were hand harvested from vineyards at 320 meters in elevation with calcareous limestone soil with a “muddy tendency”. Aged 10 months in big Allier oak casks, followed by at least 12 months in the bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of raspberry/strawberry puree and rose petal. Raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, mocha, vanilla, black pepper and a trace of cumin are framed by fresh acidity and silky, firm tannins. Black cherry, dark chocolate and a hint of eucalyptus linger on the lush finish.
Freisa Langhe DOC
Bottled by Marina Burlotto