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

94

Contratto Cuveè Novecento Pas Dosé 2012

Wine Advocate (94)- "The historic Contratto winery was born in 1867, and in 1919, it produced Italy's first Metodo Classico Millesimato wine. This wine is a cousin of that pioneering effort, and its name pays homage to the 19th century. The 2012 Metodo Classico Pas Dos  Cuv e Novecento (with a pretty portrait of a lady on the front) reveals elegant fullness and medium body. Stone fruit and white pear segue to delicate pastry cream, spice and crushed stone. This wine focuses on grace and softness."

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."