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Barbaresco Montubert, Icardi (75)

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Why we love it

A fantastic Barbaresco wine from a great producer. Barbaresco is another great Italian red wine, relatively unknown compared to all other major Italian and Piedmont wines, named after the town of Barbaresco in Piedmont, where the Nebbiolo grapes that make it, are cultivated.

Barbaresco is too often overshadowed by its famous cousin, the Barolo, because of their proximity, the two towns are a few miles away, and similarity in the wine making process but it deserves much more credit, not least for the value for money. Both wines come from Piedmont, both wines are made with Nebbiolo grapes and both wines have the DOCG status, with the only difference, except the provenance of the grapes, of the ageing, Barbaresco is aged for at least 2 years, Barolo 3.

The Barbaresco Montubert is an award winning, single vineyard Barbaresco wine, made from grapes obtained from an old vineyard, only produced in great vintages, resulting in a very elegant, complex wine, with a complex nose, a lively and full palate with soft tannins, ready to be drunk now or to keep in the cellar for a few more years, Barbaresco wines are proved to age for decades.

Barbaresco, like its neighbour Barolo, is a wine that wants to be decanted in a decanter or similar, and allowed to breathe for a few hours before being drunk. Barbaresco is a perfect accompaniment for game dishes, stews and many more dishes, check our recipe section for ideas or just sipped on its own over some, Piedmont, mature cheese.

Discover and learn more about Barbaresco by visiting our wine and grape guide.

The artisan who made it

The Icardi winery, located in Piedmont, is run by brother and sister Claudio and Mariagrazia,they have taken over from their father, who founded the winery. Claudio is an oenologist and a firm believer in organic methods and as such, some of their vineyards are grown following biodynamic techniques. Mariagrazia, on the other hand, works in the winery and travels around the world to promote their wines and have vineyards in some of the best area of Piedmont, from Barolo to Barbaresco, from Asti, to Alba, including a small vineyard of Pinot Nero.

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