Wine Details

Contratto For England Blanc de Noir Pas Dosé

This Metodo Classico Blanc de Noir presents an especially focused expression of Pinot Noir, from old vines grown 740 meters (2,428 feet) above sea level. The For England entices with lots of creamy beading and a golden hue veering toward a slightly pinkish tint. Loads of citrus (tangerine, pink grapefruit), mint and crushed white flowers open to reveal small red berries and a hint of the earthiness typical of Pinot Noir. The dry finish and alluring acidity make this wine an ideal accompaniment to food.

Region:

Producer:

Contratto Sparkling Wine

Varietal:

100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard:

Alta Langa DOCG; south/southeast exposure

Aging:

Almost 4 years on lees in bottle

Alcohol content:

12.5%

pH level:

3.1

Acidity:

7.5 g/l

Production:

8,000 bottles

Soil:

Sandy, rocky with ocean sediments

Average altitude:

740 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 June after harvest & then bottled for the 2nd fermentation.

Harvest:

Middle of September

Residual Sugar:

0.0 g/l

Recent press reviews

94

Contratto For England Blanc de Noir Pas Dosé 2016

Wine Advocate (94)- "The Contratto 2016 Alta Langa Metodo Classico Blanc de Noir Pas Dosé For England (packaged in a heavy glass bottle) reveals an extra layer of spice on the bouquet. The wine starts off with pretty apricot and orchard fruit nuances but segues to a touch of cinnamon, dried ginger and crushed stone. The beading shows some spice as well, thanks to its sharp persistence."

93

Contratto For England Blanc de Noir Pas Dosé 2016

James Suckling (93)- "A salmon-orange colored sparkling with aromas of raspberries, cherries, grapefruit, toasted brioche and almonds. It’s medium-bodied with tangy acidity and tiny, sleek bubbles. Lovely zestiness and savory, saline character. Bone-dry and fresh. Drink now."

92

Contratto For England Blanc de Noir Pas Dosé 2016

Vinous Media (92)- "The 2016 Pas Dosé Blanc de Noir For England is a varietal Pinot Noir that is significantly more pink than white in color. Here I’m finding a fruit-filled bouquet of peaches, strawberries and melon complemented by hints of raw almond. It fills the palate with an elegant stream of silky bubbles, showing more savory than sweet, as salty minerals and tart orchard fruits settle upon the senses. The cheeks pucker with residual tension, as a salty flourish gives way to bitter hints of citrus rinds. This may not follow the general expectations of Blanc de Noir, but it certainly is a gorgeous Alta Langa Pinot Noir. (Lot# 22/07/21)"