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2018 Comm. G.B. Burlotto, Barolo, Monvigliero

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Regular price $395
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2018 Comm. G.B. Burlotto, Barolo, Monvigliero

Vinous

96

CellarTracker

94
Regular price $395
/

The Monvigliero cru in Verduno is renowned for its exceptional terroir, composed of soils rich in silt, limestone, sand, and traditional Sant’Agata marls. The grapes are whole cluster fermented in Slavonian oak barrels and undergo a 60-day maceration, the wine ages in large wood botti for approximately 3 years before spending 9 months in bottle. The 2018 vintage, following the low-yield 2017 vintage, offers increased yields and wines known for their approachability, thanks to balanced acidity and ripe tannins.

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Seemingly a name that appeared in the American wine scene out of thin air, Burlotto's top wines such as the Barolo Monvigliero are some of the most sought-after wines in the world; what makes them extra special is the fact that they make perhaps the highest quality of what so many of the Piedmontese would have long referred to as "Lunch Wines" - that is, those that are not the King and Queen of Barolo and Barbaresco, respectively. Among those are the Barbera, Dolcetto, Langhe Nebbiolo and the bottling of one grape once rarely found in a top Barolo cellar: Pelaverga.

Comm. G.B. Burlotto

Burlotto was founded in the eighteenth century by Giovan Battista Burlotto in Verduno, and continues to be family-operated today. What set Burlotto apart early on was his insistence as Henri Gouges did in Burgundy that he bottle his own wine with his own label, rather than sell wine in bulk to a distributor. 

G.B. Burlotto continued to be forward-thinking, purchasing a large plot of the Monvigliero Cru in Barolo, which is the hallmark wine of the estate. He also purchased plots in Cannubi, a Cru held in high esteem long before Barolo was an appellation. 

G.B.'s descendent, Gabriella took another transformative step for the estate in 1972 when she planted a large portion of her Massara vineyard to the Pelaverga grape, and before long produced some of the first single-varietal Pelaverga bottlings ever made. Consider it the Cru Beaujolais of Italy, as the Crus of Beaujolais only recently shook the wine world into realizing the tremendous potential of the Gamay grape, leaving it to no longer be an afterthought to Burgundy's Pinot Noir. Pelaverga is wildly complex, without the twenty-plus years' aging necessity that the Barolo price tag comes with. 

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Comm. G.B. Burlotto

Seemingly a name that appeared in the American wine scene out of thin air, Burlotto's top wines such as the Barolo Monvigliero are some of the most sought-after wines in the world; what makes them extra special is the fact that they make perhaps the highest quality of what so many of the Piedmontese would have long referred to as "Lunch Wines" - that is, those that are not the King and Queen of Barolo and Barbaresco, respectively. Among those are the Barbera, Dolcetto, Langhe Nebbiolo and the bottling of one grape once rarely found in a top Barolo cellar: Pelaverga.

Burlotto was founded in the eighteenth century by Giovan Battista Burlotto in Verduno, and continues to be family-operated today. What set Burlotto apart early on was his insistence as Henri Gouges did in Burgundy that he bottle his own wine with his own label, rather than sell wine in bulk to a distributor. 

G.B. Burlotto continued to be forward-thinking, purchasing a large plot of the Monvigliero Cru in Barolo, which is the hallmark wine of the estate. He also purchased plots in Cannubi, a Cru held in high esteem long before Barolo was an appellation. 

G.B.'s descendent, Gabriella took another transformative step for the estate in 1972 when she planted a large portion of her Massara vineyard to the Pelaverga grape, and before long produced some of the first single-varietal Pelaverga bottlings ever made. Consider it the Cru Beaujolais of Italy, as the Crus of Beaujolais only recently shook the wine world into realizing the tremendous potential of the Gamay grape, leaving it to no longer be an afterthought to Burgundy's Pinot Noir. Pelaverga is wildly complex, without the twenty-plus years' aging necessity that the Barolo price tag comes with. 


Vinous

Vinous

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The 2018 Barolo Monvigliero is the most reticent of these 2018 Barolos, but it was also bottled nearly a year later. All the signatures are there, though, starting with the effusive bouquet that makes the Burlotto Monvigliero so alluring. Rose petal, spice, orange peel, kirsch and raspberry unfurl gradually in the glass. The 2018 is understated and mysterious today. I can't wait to see how it ages.

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Vinous

Vinous

96

The 2018 Barolo Monvigliero is the most reticent of these 2018 Barolos, but it was also bottled nearly a year later. All the signatures are there, though, starting with the effusive bouquet that makes the Burlotto Monvigliero so alluring. Rose petal, spice, orange peel, kirsch and raspberry unfurl gradually in the glass. The 2018 is understated and mysterious today. I can't wait to see how it ages.