Celebrating Wines of Italy: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

From Alto Adige down to Sicily, a few countries can boast the variety, quality and history as Italy. I enjoyed an online Master Class on Vino Nobile di Montepulciano a few weeks ago to learn more about Tuscany’s noblest red wine.  The masterclass and tasting was organized by the Italian Trade Commission, Consorzio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and hosted by Ms. Lauren Power.

Nobile became D.O.C in 1966 and D.O.C.G. in 1980. These Sangiovese-based red wines are named after the town Montepulciano.

Throughout history, these wines were favored amongst Italian Kings, Popes, Presidents and celebrated as wine of the nobles, hence its name “Nobile”. Thomas Jefferson, a renowned wine aficionado, fell under its spell, stating: “For the present I confine myself to the physical want of some good Montepulciano…this being a very favorite wine and habit having rendered the light and high flavored wines of a necessary of life with me. It was most superlatively good.”

There are 1,300 hectares currently under vine for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  The vineyards are situated between 250 and 600 meters above sea level. By law, these wines are made up of (minimum 70%) Sangiovese (‘Prugnolo Gentile’) with the balance of 30% of other varieties also authorized by the region. Other legal requirements include that both vinification and ageing must take place in the municipal area of Montepulciano and must be aged for two years (three for Riserva) before being sold.

We tasted both 2016 and 2017 vintages.

The 2016 as a “classic vintage”; it had nice intense colour, with pronounced aromas, good structure and tannic texture, with medium acidity and alcohol – overall a year with high quality, elegant and refined.

The 2017 vintage is considered outstanding – there was extreme hot and dry weather conditions that impacted vine growth which resulted in smaller yields and excellent quality wines. The 2017 wines have intense colour, are more concentrated, some darker notes; are well-balanced both in alcohol and acidy, and complex with significant tannins.

Here are eight wines tasted as part of this Master Class, which showcased 2016 and 2017 vintages:

 

Cantina Del Giusto San Claudio II D.O.C.G. 2017

85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 5% Mammolo

Six months in stainless steel, 24 months in large Slavonian Oak and eight months in the bottle. Cantina del Giusto is a small size farm at the the foot of Montepulciano, in Acquaviva.

Tasting Notes:
Ruby red with a slight orange tint; a bit high on alcohol; precise and defined sensory profile of raspberry, cherry, plum with hints of lemon zest, some smoke and earthiness; medium body perfectly ripe tannins and with a long finish

www.cantinadelgiusto.it

 

Fattoria del Cerro Silineo D.O.C.G. 2017

100% Sangiovese

Eighteen months aging.

This the largest private estate producing Vino Nobile, which also invests in indigenous varietals and biodiversity.

Tasting Notes:
Vivid ruby red; elegant and bold with a smooth and strong body showing cherry, raspberry, chocolate and earthy notes both on the nose and comes through to the palate; malolactic fermentation comes through with hints of cream and butter; a savoury wine with a nice long finish.

www.fattoriadelcerro.it

 

Il Molinaccio La Spinosa D.O.C.G. 2017

100% Sangiovese

Il Molinaccio is close to the town of Montepulciano, is currently transitioning to certified organic and has a strong green philosophy.

After Malolactic fermentation, wine ages for twelve months in French Allier oak and 12 months in bottle.

Il Molinaccio states: ‘the porcupine is a shy and feared animal but La Spinosa, on the contrary, shows itself with an elegant dress’.

Tasting Notes:
Ruby red, graceful, elegant on the nose of raspberry, cherry currant; hints of pepper, mushroom and coffee – all present through to the taste – well-balanced, medium body, soft tannins and a round finish.

www.ilmolinaccio.com

 

Salcheto D.O.C.G. 2017

100% Sangiovese

70% large barrels/30% tonneau for eighteen months, with six months in bottle.

Salcheto is organic, biodynamic and committed to environmental sustainability. Their wines are sulfite-free and use indigenous yeasts.

Tasting Notes:
This wine displays notes of flowers and red berry aromas, red plums, rose petals; medium-full body; notes of red fruits, spice; fine tannins very well blended in the matrix; creamy rich with a long finish.

www.salcheto.it


Tenuta Valdipiatta D.O.C.G. 2017

95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo

Family-owned winery founded in 1960; is certified organic and has sustainability and environmentally sensitive practices.

Aging period of 15-18 months, partly in French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak barrels of 30 and 50 hl

Tasting Notes:
Ruby red with hints of orange; opens up on the palate showing notes of flowers, plums, with some hints of smoke; medium-full body, soft and mature tannins – well-balanced finish.

www.valdipiatta.it

 

Podere Casanova D.O.C.G. 2016

 97% Sangiovese

Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and subsequent transfer in barriques, casks, and 1000 l barrels for 18 months; followed by 6 months in the bottle.

Podere Casanova, is located in the heart of Tuscany on the borders of Val d’Orcia near Lake Trasimeno and Montepulciano.

Tasting Notes:
Intense ruby red color; aromas of red fruits, currants and black cherry, with subnotes of cocoa, tobacco and coffee; the palate it is confirmed by vivid freshness and flavor, dynamic, juicy, presents a strong body and fleshy tannins; pleasant ending.

www.poderecasanovavini.com

 

Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano D.O.C.G. 2016 

Mostly Sangiovese

18 months in large 35-85 hl Slavonian durmast barrels, with a short time in the bottle.

Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano is the oldest cooperative in Tuscany with around 400 member estates with a total of 1,000 hectares.  The vineyards are cultivated using the espalier system, with spurred cordon vine training, Guyot, double Guyot and G.D.C.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby in colour; cherry, blackberry and wet-earth aromas and flavors, with notes of spice and smoke; medium to full body; round with soft tannins; long finish with some lingering chocolate and wood flavours.

www.vecchiacantinadimontepulciano.com

 

Carpineto Riserva D.O.C.G. 2016

70% Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile), 30% Canaiolo and other authorized grape varietals.

Carpineto was founded in 1967 in Dudda, just outside of Greve, in Chianti by Giancarlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo with the purpose of making great Sangiovese.

Best decant for 1-2 hours before tasting.

Tasting Notes:
Intense ruby red; is wonderfully fleshy and expressive, has plenty of structural underpinnings; dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol, licorice and mocha; The balance of fruit depth allied to a mid-weight sense of structure is compelling; well-balanced and elegant with tons of character.

www.carpineto.com

Laurent Delaunay remarks on the 60th Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges Wine Auction

Laurent Delaunay remarks on the 60th Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges Wine Auction

“The total outcome and the prices of almost all the cuvées hit records. In my opinion, this is due to three reasons:

– The quality of the 2020 vintage which is probably, according to me, the best at the Hospices in the last 35 years (my oldest tasting at the Hospices dates back from 1985…). I was again with one of the most respected growers of Nuits-Saint-Georges earlier this afternoon and he said that for him, 2020 is the best vintage he has seen in Nuits-St-Georges since he started (he is 57). Jean-Marc Moron, the Hospices winemaker, made great and very consistent wines this year;

– Scarcity of the vintage. 2020 is a low yielding vintage and the number of barrels for sale was small; and,

– Growing reputation, including raising the Hospices de Nuits profile through the buzz we created on social media, (quotes and articles), and sending 2cl micro samples to journalists and buyers helped.”

Laurent goes on to say “As far as Edouard Delaunay is concerned, we finally managed to purchase 13 barrels. This makes us the 2nd buyer of the auction after Albert Bichot who is an historic buyer at the Hospices de Beaune and de Nuits.

Among the cuvées that we purchased, there are 7 barrels of Les Didiers (5 from the Cuvée Fagon and 2 from Cuvée Cabet) making us the main buyer of this emblematic and monopoly Premier Cru of the Hospices de Nuits.

The barrels will be cellared at Château de Charmont for the next 10-12 months before bottling. Christophe Briotet, our cellar master (recently awarded Red Winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge) will take care of them with the best possible attention.”

“The demand for burgundy remains strong,” says Liz Palmer, international wine journalist, author and top wine influencer.

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The 60th Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges Wine Auction was an outstanding success!

The 60th Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges Wine Auction was an outstanding success! Driven by online marketing and an increase in first-time buyers, registrations up + 20% over 2020.

2021 established a new record with total sales of €1,923,000 and an increase of +19.11% from 2020. Standout bids included:

  • Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint-Georges Cuvée Georges Faiveley pièce sold for €32,000;
  • The “pièce de charité,” 228L of Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Les Saint-Georges, sold by subscription for €49,380, another record. Proceeds raised from the sale support the Institut Pasteur.

The sale of the 17 cuvées of the red wine made €1,869,000 (+ 17.51% up from the 2020 auction) and the sale of the cuvée of white wine Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru Les Terres Blanches – Cuvée Pierre de Pême generated €54,000, i.e. (+ 125% up from the 2020 auction).

Proceeds from the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges 2021 Wine Auction will support the new Saint Laurent Hospital.

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Burgundy’s Hospices De Nuits-Saint-Georges Wine Auction Takes Place Sunday March 14th

The 60th anniversary of the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges Wine Auction takes place this Sunday, March 14th, in Burgundy, France.

The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. within the grand cellar of Château du Clos de Vougeot and will be streamed live.

‘The auction is strictly limited to 150 people this year, previous between 300 and 350 attended,’ explained Aymeric de Clouet, a wine expert who organizes auctions in Burgundy. ‘Entrants must be registered to attend in person. Social distancing will be required, although in Clos de Vougeot, we have plenty of space.’

Last year’s sales totaled approximately $1.9 million (€1,614,500), a 10% increase from the year before, even though the number of barrels had decreased due to Covid-19 complications. Wine is mostly sold per pièce—or per 228-liter barrel. Last year one such pièce (Premier Cru ‘Les-Saint-Georges’—Domaine Georges Faiveley) sold for a record €24,000 (approximately $28,500, at today’s conversion rate).

A total of 114 barrels are up for auction—112 of red wine and two of white, and for the first time, you can purchase bottles.

Auction proceeds are charitable. The auction is linked to the new Saint Laurent Hospital, which was completed in 2018. However, the history of this hospital spans centuries. The hospices will also donate profits from one barrel of wine—Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Les Saint-Georges—to the Pasteur Institute.

This year that particular wine is made not from the berries of both young and older vines, but exclusively from older vines of some 70 years. The 12-hectare Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges wine estate is part of the hospital, and has its own operating budget. It employs four vineyard workers full time and produces six ‘village’ appellation wines and nine Premier Crus.

‘The …estate and winery are physically linked to our hospital and, every day, they see the twin fruits of their work: the pieces of wine sold at auction and their new Saint Laurent Hospital,’ explained the Hospices director François Poher.

The event has gained popularity – last year the number of buyers had increased 50% since the previous year, and the average price per barrel increased 34% from 2019.

The auction generates local pride in a region salient throughout the world for producing quality vintages.

Overall, the 2020 vintage—which has been named the vintage of confirmation—is what is known as a grand millésime, according to Jean-Marc Moran, Technical Director for the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges Estate. This means a great vintage—one where wines include complexity, notably rich aromas and well-structured and balanced tannins. According to Moran, the 2020 vintage is more structured than the 2019, and more balanced than the 2015 vintage.

‘The main difference with the 2020 vintage is its balance of acidity with alcohol,’ de Clouet added.

All wines are aged in new oak from three different barrel producers. Altogether, these Pinot Noirs are supple with low-key tannins, an excellent acidity/alcohol balance and tastes of plush, rich fruit underlain at times with subtle minerality. This is a well-structured, velvety vintage that provides a rich, creamy mouth feel.

Live Auction:

Practical information to watch the wine auction live: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85605191718?pwd=dldpWmN4bTlTZjRvdzBZQVlOMjJwdz09

Meeting ID: 856 0519 1718 –
Code : 170437

To purchase bottles:

https://boutique.edouard-delaunay.com/en/165-hospices-de-nuits-2021-en-primeur

Auction House Live:

https://magazine.interencheres.com/art-mobilier/60e-vente-des-vins-des-hospices-de-nuits-saint-georges/

www.interencheres.com

 

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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH FRANCE CANADA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP – MARCH 8TH, 2021

I am honoured and delighted to participate in an online panel discussion to mark “International Women’s Day 2021 – France Canada Chamber of Commerce (ON) and the French Embassy in Canada” celebrating – Women in Leadership –

I am excited to come together with other industry leaders and to hear their perspectives.

A special “Thank You” to Ms Riva Walia for suggesting me as a panel speaker.

I invite you to join us to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Registration:

https://www.fccco.org/event-details/women-in-leadership

Happy Women’s Day
Liz Palmer 

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