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Contratto Alta Langa For England Pas Dosé 2014

The wine For England was named as such in 1930, when Contratto began producing a low-dosage wine for the English market. At that time, all Champagne and sparkling wines were extremely sweet and the Royal Court of England was the first in Europe to develop a drier palate for wine. Today For England is a zero dosage (no added liquor d'expedition) and For England Rosé (100% Pinot Noir) has very little residual sugar. Bacco d'Oro is again a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. It has always been a less dry sparkling wine and remains so, however with 10gr/lt of sugar it is still considered a Brut.
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Vintage 2014

Wine zones 100% Pinot Nero

Alcol 12.50%

Format 0,75 L Standard

Intense golden dress.
Vertical tasting, almost sharp, sharpened by flavor and freshness, continues vigorous and with a long persistence of salt and citrus.
Complex and deep nose, crossed by aromas of cedar, toasted salted almonds, lemon cream, candied ginger, then a closing mineral vein.
As an aperitif, white meat and fish.
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Type Pinot Nero
Classification DOCG Alta Langa
Temperature 6-8
Acidity 7.5 g/l
Location Loazzolo (AT)
Soil Calcareous-marly soil.
Produzione annua 20000
Vinification The grapes are selected and harvested strictly by hand. The grapes are then cooled in the cell and the juice is collected without crushing. First and second fermentation only with indigenous yeasts.
Harvest Last week of August.
Aging 42 months on the lees. After the first fermentation, the wine matures in June when it is bottled for the second fermentation.
Perlage Very thin perlage.
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Location Loazzolo (AT)
Climate N/A
Produzione annua 20000
Harvest N/A
Sistema allevamento N/A
Tecnica produzione N/A
Periodo fermentazione N/A
Affinamento N/A

Address: Canelli (AT)

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Year of starter: 1867

Winemaker: Giorgio e Andrea Rivetti

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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."

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