Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo Ghemme
Ghemme’s one producer that gives real credibility to the zone’s DOCG status. Input from top enologist Donato Lanati helps even if in the main the wines follow a fairly traditional, unadventurous vinification. Typically rather austere and firm when young, the wines mellow with age and their already enticing perfumes become ever more complex. While the regular Ghemme includes a little Vespolina and Uva Rara, special bottlings are pure Nebbiolo. Carellae and Breclemae are vineyardspecific, while Signore di Bayard is a special selection which is aged in French barriques (a third new). The latter is often the most flattering when young but also has the greatest dimension, intensity and sheer style. Colline Novaresi wines, Agamium (Nebbiolo) and Primigenia (Nebbiolo/Uva Rara/ Vespolina), are characterful but not at the same level. Unoaked white Carolus combines Arneis, Greco and Chardonnay. There is much quality Ghemme from recent good vintages.
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