Alta Langa Classic Method
Alta Langa DOCG
Contessa Rosa Brut Rosé
Pinot nero, Chardonnay
Langa albese and astigiana
White clay alternated with layers of sand and calcareous marl
Exposure and altitude
South/south-west - 400/650m asl
Guyot 5.000 plants/ha
Beginning of September
Vinification: most of the grapes are harvested into crates with a capacity of about 20 kg and then poured
directly into the press, where they are delicately and softly crushed. Part of the Pinot Noir is crushed and left on skins in temperature-controlled tanks at 10 °C for 12-24 hours. After maceration, it undergoes soft-pressing as usual. The must obtained is transferred to temperature-controlled tanks where static decanting takes place. The must ferments in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature (18 – 20 °C) and when the fermentation is complete, the wine is kept on the fine lees until spring. This is when the cuvée is created, uniting the wines from the two fermentation processes. In May the wine under goes a second fermentation, in the bottle, followed by a period of 48 months of maturing in contact with the yeasts, in the cool, dark and protected environment of the cellars, in observance of the strict rules that govern the production of “Spumante Metodo Classico” (Classic Method Sparkling Wine).
Contessa Rosa represents the true spirit of Fontanafredadda: named after Countess Rosa Vercellana, known as “Bela Rusin”, this sparkling wine, made from grapes grown at high altitudes, expresses the union of aromatic freshness and complexity of the great wine Barolo. A new method has been undertaken for the creation of this cuvée, using an expedition liqueur with 1967 Barolo. The result is a soft pink coloured sparkling wine with onion-shaded highlights. The perfume is reminiscent of the scent of orange blossom, pomegranate, chinotto orange and black plums, terminating with ginger, nutmeg, lavender, basil and background of custard. The sparkle is fine and persistent in the mouth and the acidity is balanced with a sweet note. A mineral, savoury tasting sensation ends with a citrusy after taste.
Excellent as an aperitif, but its personality makes it, above all, an excellent way of accompanying all courses of a meal with class.
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