New Winery | Cordero di Montezemolo

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Cordero di Montezemolo, Italy, Piemonte

At the very heart of the Langhe, square in the center of the Barolo region, there is a cedar tree that has stood over 30 hectares of vines for 150 years. Year after year, this prized stretch of land works silently to produce some of the wines that have made Piedmont famous all over the world.

The Wines

Cordero di Montezemolo Langhe Arneis 2015cordero-langhe-arneis

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Arneis

Retail Price: S$50.00

About the Wine: Bright straw color; intense bouquet of peach and acacia flowers, chamomile, melon and yellow flowers. Inviting and fresh with a typical note of a slightly bitter finish. A young wine; best expression of the wine’s
character shows in the first three years.

Cordero di Montezemolo Barbera d’Alba 2015cordero-barbera-d-alba

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Barbera

Retail Price: S$59.00

About the Wine:  Intense violet color. Mature fruit, cacao, prune, spicy, fragrant nose. Full and fresh mouth. Very soft tannins. Medium life span. Expresses itself best in the first 4-5 years of life, but enjoyable until about 10 years. Classic pairing with Piedmont mixed boiled meats, cooked salami with lentils, vegetable flan and the traditional “bagna coada” (warm dip or fondue).

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2012cordero-barolo-monfalletto

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Retail Price: S$107.00

About the Wine:  Intense garnet in color, the nose shows floral and spicy notes perfectly blended: tobacco, cherries, cocoa and fresh raspberry highlights. The palate is rich, full-bodied and elegant. Wine of longevity that evolves slowly and steadily in the bottle. Great expressions even after several decades. Timeless. An aristocratic wine that finds its match with game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, saddle of venison, wild boar, deer and pigeon. Superb with dishes garnished with white Alba truffle: cardoon flan with fondue and duck ravioli.

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera 2012barolo-bricco-gattera

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Retail Price: S$146.00

About the Wine:  Intense garnet red color. Warm and mature nose with notes of jam, raspberry, licorice, cherry and camphor. Soft mouth of remarkable structure with fine tannins and persistence. Age-worthy wine that evolves slowly and continually in the bottle. Tremendous expression can be expected over decades. Timeless. An aristocratic wine that finds its ideal match in game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, roe deer, wild boar, venison, and pigeon. Superb with dishes garnished with white truffles from Alba, like cardoon flan with fondue and duck ravioli.

 

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera 2001 Magnumbarolo-bricco-gattera

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Grape Variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Retail Price: S$439.00

About the Wine:  Intense garnet red color. Warm and mature nose with notes of jam, raspberry, licorice, cherry and camphor. Soft mouth of remarkable structure with fine tannins and persistence. Age-worthy wine that evolves slowly and continually in the bottle. Tremendous expression can be expected over decades. Timeless. An aristocratic wine that finds its ideal match in game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, roe deer, wild boar, venison, and pigeon. Superb with dishes garnished with white truffles from Alba, like cardoon flan with fondue and duck ravioli.

 

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Property

Since 1340, 19 generations one after another, have managed the Monfalletto property in the town of La Morra, the center of the production of Barolo wine. Even today, the property is entirely family-run. Giovanni Cordero di Montezemolo and his children Elena and Alberto are the protagonists of this millennium.

The historical single-body vineyard area of 28 hectares (69 acres), rare for the area, extends over all sides of the hill. The land has always been cultivated with the various local varieties, selected and distinctly planted according to sun exposure, type of soil and the altitude.

Over the course of the last 50 years, Paolo Cordero di Montezemolo and then his son Giovanni, have expanded the grape vine cultivation for wine production for the Winery. The most important acquisition was an old vineyard of over 2 hectares in the Villero cru located in the town of Castiglione Falletto from which the Barolo Enrico VI is produced.

Other important investments have been made in the nearby area of Roero that lies just north of the Tannaro River where the family owns and leases a total 8 hectares of vines.

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History

The Cordero di Montezemolo family has historical and deep roots in the History of Piedmont. Traditionally, however, it had little to do with the production of wine.

The family’s origin is Spanish and they settled in Piedmont only during the mid 1400s. The family members were distinguished in the printing/typesetting field and in significant military and diplomatic roles of the Royal House of Savoy to then become one of the most important aristocratic families (Marchesi) of Piedmont.

One of the several Falletti family branches, proprietors of Monfalletto Estate and the most noteworthy noble family of the Alba area, intertwines with the Cordero di Montezemolo family when Maria Lydia, daughter of the Marchese Luigia Falletti marries Paolo Cordero di Montezemolo in 1918. The couple unfortunately dies prematurely but not before their only son, Paolo is born.

When she died in 1941, he inherited her entire property, including the Monfalletto Estate in La Morra. Historical texts testify to the florid and important agricultural activity of the farm set on a unique and fortunate hill. The wine production on this hill is documented from over 200 years ago.

 

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Sustainability

The land has always been managed using the most efficient and least invasive cultivation techniques. Its scope is to preserve the biodiversity of the area and to guarantee a healthy and suitable environment for all individuals that work and contribute to the final production quality.

In the autumn of 2013 the winery decided to begin the certification process of the Estate’s ORGANIC GRAPE production. Natural mineral products and repellents from organic material are used in the fight against parasites and cryptogam of the vines. Organic products and green manure are utilized for fertilization ensuring that the soil is alive and rich in nutrients. The distribution of humus from compost of various natural sources formed on site guarantees a balanced soil structure.

The natural grass planting, mowing under the vine rows and mechanic tillage provide an ideal habitat for the ecological balance of the vineyards.

From a well thought out network of ducts, three large cement cisterns collect rainwater drained from all the roofs of the Estate’s buildings. This guarantees a total recycling of water used for vine protection treatments, cleaning of agricultural machinery and irrigating the shrubs, bushes, flowers and lawns throughout the estate. Because of this, the Estate avoids having to draw any water whatsoever from the urban network. In addition, a 250 meter deep natural artesian spring permits the winery to maintain water independence even in the driest years.

Additionally, the introduction and the attentive maintenance of many trees and dense foliage shrubs allow for the development of ideal fauna allowing for the natural balance of insects, birds and small animals.

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