Wine Details

Contratto Pas Dosé Metodo Classico “Millesimato”

The Millesimato has the bright intensity and definition of the highest caliber sparkling wine. A Pinot Noir (~80%) and Chardonnay (~20%) blend, this wine is hand-riddled in the cellar where it ages nearly 5 years before release. In the mouth, it is creamy and rich with fine, soft beading. Abundant honey, apricot and sweet almond meld with notes of lemon mousse and honeydew, resulting in an undeniably delicious and appealing wine.

Region:

Producer:

Contratto Sparkling Wine

Varietal:

80% Pinot Noir 20% Chardonnay

Vineyard:

Cassinasco/Canelli/Loazzolo/Costigliole d'Asti

Aging:

Minimum of 48 months on lees in bottle

Alcohol content:

12.5%

pH level:

3.2

Acidity:

7 g/l

Production:

140,000 bottles

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:

Last week of August

Residual Sugar:

0.0 g/l

Recent press reviews

92

Contratto Pas Dosé Metodo Classico “Millesimato” 2015

Wine Advocate (92)- "A slender and direct wine with apricot, nectarine and some dried orange skin. This is a medium-weight sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with an elegant mouthfeel and lots of pretty elegance offered along the way. There is some dusty mineral on the close."

93

Contratto Pas Dosé Metodo Classico “Millesimato” 2014

Decanter (93)- "When Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetta acquired Contratto in 2011, one of the first things he did was purchase vineyards in Alta Langa. 'Pinot Noir for me is one of the best varieties for Metodo Classico production,' he says, and the altitude of the vineyards enable high quality Pinot Noir to be grown. Aged on its lees for 60 months, the nose is biscuity with a delicious red fruit and mushroom fragrance. The palate is savoury and dry, yet there's a touch of juiciness to the mellow bruised apple, red berry and subtle stone fruit flavours. The acidity is fresh and slightly saline, in no way aggressive. It works so well with the gentle mousse, just caressing your mouth rather than ripping it apart like some younger sparkling wines can do. There's a hint of truffle on the finish, and this would go incredibly well with a wild mushroom risotto. Disgorged 31 January 2020. Drinking Window 2020 - 2026"

92

Contratto Pas Dosé Metodo Classico “Millesimato” 2014

Wine Advocate (92)- "Packed in a dark bottle, the Contratto 2014 Metodo Classico Millesimato Pas Dosé (disgorged in November 2019) is a slender and direct wine with apricot, nectarine and some dried orange skin. This is a medium-weight sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with an elegant mouthfeel and lots of pretty elegance offered along the way. There is some dusty mineral on the close."