Wine Details

Contratto Blanc de Blancs Pas Dosé

A classic Piedmont sparkler crafted from 100% Chardonnay grown on hillside vineyards located 650 meters (2,133 feet) above sea level. The wine opens up beautifully in the glass to reveal exceptional power, depth and intensity with characteristic varietal notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white peach. Floral notes and slate are enhanced by a crystalline purity and texture, enchanting in the mouth with an enveloping creaminess and fine and persistent bubbles. An ideal accompaniment to seafood.

Region:

Producer:

Contratto Sparkling Wine

Varietal:

100% Chardonnay

Vineyard:

Alta Langa DOCG; southwest exposure

Aging:

Almost 4 years on lees in bottle

Alcohol content:

12.5%

pH level:

3.2

Acidity:

6.6 g/l

Production:

8,000 bottles

Soil:

Sandy, rocky with ocean sediments

Average altitude:

650 meters above sea level

Vinification:

Grapes are manually picked & selected. They are cooled down in the winery before crushing & only the free fall juice is collected. First & second fermentation with indigenous natural yeast. After the first fermentation, the wines stay to mature until May after harvest & then bottled for the 2nd fermentation.

Harvest:

Beginning of September

Residual Sugar:

0.0 g/l

Recent press reviews

93

Contratto Blanc de Blancs Pas Dosé 2015

Wine Advocate (93)- "A soft and yielding sparkling wine that descends into a long array of orchard and stone fruit aromas. You get poached pear and Golden Delicious apple with crushed limestone and mineral at the edges. There is a unique nobility to this wine that comes across thanks to the rocky soils and high-altitude positioning of these Alta Langa vineyards."

92

Contratto Blanc de Blancs Pas Dosé 2014

James Suckling (92)- "Aromas of bread dough and dried cheese with some strawberries. Full-bodied, very dry and delicious. Sliced lemons, too. Drink now."

93

Contratto Blanc de Blancs Pas Dosé 2014

Wine Advocate (93)- "You feel a touch of sweetness in the 2014 Alta Langa Metodo Classico Blanc de Blancs Pas Dosé, but Chardonnay's lovely notes of citrus fruit and white peach are expertly pronounced here. This classic Piedmont sparkler offers nice thickness and a creamy texture, while the bubbles are fine and persistent. Some delicate crab cakes would pair very nicely here."