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In a nutshell: A superb example of one of the classic wines of Piedmont.
The lowdown: The capricious Nebbiolo which makes its home in this part of North West Italy is the grape responsible for the famous powerful wines of the region. After fermentation it's aged for 2 years in oak which imparts a silky balance to the bold tannins which hold the spicy, fleshy and complex flavours in wonderful balance.
When to drink: Rich game dishes, or mature cheeses make great partners.
Certainly one of Piedmont's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyard in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi and have access to a further 50 hectares through long-term relationships with their growers.
Michele has insisted on total quality since his first vintage in 1956, an ethos which his sons Stefano and Alberto adopt today. The Chiarlo style is highly elegant, they make complex wines that can age for decades but above all reflect their provenance - some of the finest vineyard sites in Piedmont.