Wine Details

Contratto Pas Dosé Cuveè Novecento

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.



Contratto Sparkling Wine


Metodo Classico Alta Langa DOCG


70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay

Number of bottles produced:

15,000 bottles

Production area:

Loazzolo, Piemonte; west exposure


550 meters (1,804 feet) a.s.l.

Age of vines:

30 years


Cooled grapes are crushed and free fall juice is collected. Primary fermentation (in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks) with indigenous yeasts and ~8 months rest before bottling in May. Tirage April-July and secondary fermentation in bottle; hand-riddled for 4 weeks followed by disgorging and final corking.


7 years on the lees, in bottle

Alcohol content:


pH level:



6.7 g/L


Sandy and calcareous

Time of harvest:

Beginning of September (Chardonnay), mid-September (Pinot Noir)



Recent press reviews


Contratto Pas Dosé Cuveè Novecento 2013

Wine Advocate (94)- "The top-end sparkler from Contratto is the 2013 Metodo Classico Pas Dosé Cuvée Novecento. This is a very expressive wine with a unique bouquet focused on candied fruit, tangerine rind, crushed stone, baked bread, beeswax and a fragrant layer of lavender bud or rosemary. These give this sparkler, with its fine and soft beading, a very Mediterranean personality. It ends with soft honey."


Contratto Pas Dosé Cuveè Novecento 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 Dosé Cuveè 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."


Contratto Pas Dosé Cuveè Novecento 2012

James Suckling (93)- "Aromas of dried apples, brioche, toffee caramel and almonds. Medium- to full-bodied with tangy acidity and energetic fizz. Grilled lemons and hazelnuts together with a creamy, toasty finish. Drink now."