Wine Details

Contratto Cuveè Novecento Pas Dosé

A blend of Pinot Noir (70%) and Chardonnay (30%), the Cuveè Novecento is a dazzling wine of extraordinary precision. Chalk, white flowers, mint, slate and lemon peel race out of the glass. This sparkling wine spends 7 years aging on its lees, yet remains remarkably fresh with hints of graphite-infused minerality laced throughout a translucent, magnificently pure finish.

Region:

Producer:

Contratto Sparkling Wine

Varietal:

70% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay

Vineyard:

Loazzolo, Piemonte; west exposure

Aging:

7 years on lees in bottle

Alcohol content:

12.5%

Age of vines:

30 years

pH level:

3.2

Acidity:

6.7 g/l

Production:

15,000 bottles

Soil:

Sandy and calcareous

Average altitude:

550 meters above sea level

Vinification:

Grapes are manually picked & selected & kept seperate according to their vineyard location. 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:

Chardonnay beginning of September, Pinot Noir mid September

Residual Sugar:

0.0 g/l

Recent press reviews

93

Contratto Cuveè Novecento Pas Dosé 2011

James Suckling (93)- "Honeysuckle, apricots, spiced pears, hazelnuts, walnuts and brioche on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright acidity and a creamy mousse. Round, layered and intense with a toasty and vinous palate. Dry. Pinot noir and chardonnay. Delicious now."

93

Contratto Cuveè Novecento Pas Dosé 2010

James Suckling (93)- "Lifted aromas of toast and bread dough with dried lemons. Full-bodied, very dry and tangy with a pie-crust and cooked-apple finish. Dried pears, too. Decadent. Drink now."

93+

Contratto Cuveè Novecento Pas Dosé 2010

Wine Advocate (93+)- "The tonic and graceful 2010 Metodo Classico Pas Dosé Cuvée Novecento is citrusy and fresh with grapefruit and tangerine skin that appear on first nose. Give the wine a few minutes in the glass, and some of those classic characteristics of the 2010 vintage—including sharp linearity and defined mineral sensations—begin to appear, growing steadily in intensity."