The so-called modern Barolo was born around 1830; and credit goes to marquis Falletti, French oenologist Louis Oudart and Camillo Benso Count of Cavour. The Marquis Carlo Tancredi Falletti married Juliette Colbert de Maulevrier, great-grandson of the famous finance minister of Louis XIV of France.
The Falletti family was a family of bankers who acquired important wine estates in the town of Alba since 1250. On the death of Carlo Tancredi, in 1838, Juliette acquired all properties of the Fallettis. She called on those lands the great French wine expert Louis Oudart, who applied to these Piedmont vineyards the same techniques used for great French wines.
That was the start of Barolo wine history, which became so famous to even intrigue King Carlo Alberto of Savoy. Under a royal request, motivated by the curiosity about this wine everybody was talking about in all Courts of Europe, Juliette (known nowadays as Giulia di Barolo) sent the king 325 Barolo Wine Barrels: one for each day of the year, except for 40 days of Lent. This way, the King and his Court could indulge every day in the wine produced by the Marquis; thus it was at the Court of Turin that Barolo started being defined “wine of kings, king of wines”.
Barolo wine is produced in the Piedmont Region of Italy, in the area of Cuneo more precisely; it is a wine of exceptional quality holding the DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita).
Currently the cultivation of grapes for Barolo wine making takes place over an area of about 1,800 hectares; the village of La Morra is by far the one with the largest area of vineyards (450 hectars), which produces over 25% of total production, estimated at about 11 million bottles per year.
Barolo wine is a 100% Nebbiolo, one of the finest grape varieties in the world, originally from the Piedmont region of Italy. The name ‘Nebbiolo’ comes from one of its peculiar characteristics: its grapes mature quite late, and are therefore harvested around mid-October, when morning fogs start; in fact, the Italian for fog is 'nebbia'.
You will recognize this great wine from its transparent ruby colour, which veers towards orange as it increases in age. Only best Pinot Noir based wines can boast such a clear transparency.
The other unique feature of Barolo wine is its ethereal bouquet, full of red berries; such as raspberries and currants, cherries, dried flowers, spices, leather, green pepper, anise, nutmeg and licorice. But it is above all the bond with the terroir to make Barolo so unique. You will recognize a number of fragrances linked to the Langhe area of Piedmont, its terroir: hazelnuts, leaves and truffles.
The palate is elegant and measured; do not expect neither fruity bombs nor particularly acidic wines, but rather an earthy wine, with tannins that give structure and persistence to a fruit laced with delicious notes of licorice and coffee.