Contratto Alta Langa For England Blanc de Noir Pas Dosé 2016

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It was 1867 when the Contratto winery was founded which in 1919 went down in history to be the first to make the first vintage sparkling wine with the classic method in Italy.
Fascinating story if you think about the fact that it was the cellar that supplied the royal fanìmiglia and the Vatican.
Changed to Carlo Bocchino in 1993 and in 2011 it was relaunched by Giorgio Rivetti, owner of "La Spinetta", concentrating on the production of high quality classic method wines.
The name "Reserve for England extra dry" derives from the fact that the production of this wine was destined for the British market particularly sensitive to the driest taste.
Today it is produced with 100% Pinot Noir, hand-made harvest and use of indigenous yeasts.
The tasting highlights a fine and persistent perlage, the nose is immediately struck by the minerality typical of the lands of the Alta Langa, followed by fruity and yeast hints. The scents are replicated in the gustatory notes to end with a long, persistent and fresh finish. An all-meal wine especially in good company.



Veste dorata intensa.


Naso complesso e profondo, attraversato da profumi di cedro, mandorle salate tostate, crema al limone, zenzero candito, poi una vena minerale in chiusura.


Assaggio verticale, quasi tagliente, affilato da sapidità e freschezza, continua nerboruto e con lunga persistenza salina e agrumata.


Come aperitivo, carni bianche e pesce.



YEAR 2016
ALCOL 12.50
FORMAT 0,75 L Standard
COLLECTED Ultima settimana di agosto.



LOCATION Loazzolo (AT)
GROUND Terreno calcareo-marnoso.
REFINEMENT 42 mesi sui lieviti. Dopo la prima fermentazione il vino matura a giugno quando viene imbottigliato per la seconda fermentazione.
WINEMAKING Le uve sono selezionate e raccolte rigorosamente a mano. Le uve vengono poi raffreddate in cella ed il succo viene collezionato senza pigiatura. Prima e seconda fermentazione solamente con lieviti indigeni.
PERLAGE Perlage sottilissimo.
SUGAR 2.0 g/l
ACIDITY 7.5 g/l
PH 3.1



Red shramp 2008
Veronelli 2011
Bibenda 2008
Bibenda 2013
Wine Spectator 2009 89
Wine Advocated 2013 94
Wine Advocated 2015 94
Wine Advocated 2016 94
James Suckling 2011 93
James Suckling 2013 93
James Suckling 2014 93

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Name: Contratto (La Spinetta)
Start-up year: 1867
Cultivated hectares: 48
Winemaker name: Andrea Rivetti
Address: Via G.B. Giuliani, 56 - Canelli (AT)
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Contratto was founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto and the winery is known as the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Italy. In fact, the "Metodo Classico" 1919 Contratto Extra Brut was the first vintage sparkling wine ever made in the country. The winery has a long, distinguished history. At the turn of the 20th century, its wines were leaving Canelli for destinations all over the world (predominantly to royal houses), and Contratto was the personal supplier to the Vatican as well as to the Italian Royal Family. Awards and medals from international exhibitions and contests of the time emphasize why the name of Contratto has long been synonymous with prestige and quality in the world of sparkling wine. In 150 years of winemaking, Contratto went from producing Moscato and red wine to Spumante Metodo Classico, still white wines, as well as Vermouth, Tonic and Syrups. The historic cathedral cellars at Contratto, now designated a UNESCO Heritage Site, are a real treasure, and among the finest of their kind. These huge underground cellars, covering more than 5,000 square meters, were built into the heart of the hill that protects the small town of Canelli, excavated from tuff limestone to a depth of 32 meters. The project took three years of manual work to finish. The cellars maintain a constant annual temperature of 12 to 13 degrees and sufficient natural humidity, an ideal environment for bottle fermentation and the slow and steady bottle maturation of "metodo clasico" sparkling-wines. For many generations the winery remained in the hands of the Contratto family. In 1993, after 126 years and somewhat in decline, it was sold to Carlo Bocchino, owner of Canelli's grappa distillery of the same name, who undertook the restoration of these historic cellars and the impressive building and tasting rooms with great effort and investment. Bocchino will now return to concentrate his efforts and resources on the family distillery. "I am glad to have been able to leave Contratto to the Rivettis, who are people from the same land" states Bocchino. "I would not have wanted to see the cellars end up in the back of a large group or multinational's catalogue." For La Spinetta on the other hand, the acquisition of Contratto represents the entry into one of the top Italian sparkling wine houses, by way of a prestigious brand whose production from Asti DOCG to Brut, have greatly influenced the history of Italian Spumante, and whose potential is yet to be fully expressed. "We are very excited to have acquired this important facility," says Giorgio Rivetti. "It was important for us to enter into this market, and to do so with a famous brand. From now on, we can play an active role in making Contratto known throughout the world, thanks to our own high profile abroad. Italian sparkling wine does not yet enjoy the recognition it deserves on the international scene. Now, we will be able to bring the wine onto all the international markets, along with our Barbaresco, Barolo and Moscato. There are some real treasures hidden in these cellars."