Barolo Le Albe 2014
Considered by many as “the most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists”, Aldo Vajra is now one of the leading figures in Barolo. A pioneer of organic farming in Piedmont, having joined Suolo e Salute in 1971, he also renounced the use of excessive French wood in the eighties to create wines in a traditional yet modern and elegant way.
Albe – meaning sunrise – is a 100% Nebbiolo sourced from the vineyards of Coste di Vergne, Fossati and La Volta, amongst the highest in Barolo. It pays tribute to the winemaking of the 1950s and 60s, when producers would blend some of the finest crus to create the most wonderfully balanced Barolo. The wine is so good that critic Antonio Galloni says “Albe may be the single best value in Barolo today”, and it was chosen to feature in the 2015 film Burnt starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman. The wine is matured for 30 to 36 months in big Slavonian oak barrels before bottling and displays rolling tobacco, cinnamon, dried rose petals, black cherry, plum sorbet and pine needles. The 2014 Albe is a silky and refined; an apt tribute to Barolos old traditions.
Despite being in Italy’s top echelon of producers, the Vajra family remains quiet and endearingly humble, but their intense passion and skill shine in every drop they make. Their wines sit perfectly between the traditional and the modern, they’re all vegan friendly and their vineyards have been farmed organically since 1971.
£6.4 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2986562
Style No.: 733828
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