The two sides of the Alps, Piedmont in comparison with Burgundy: a pure indulgence for a “connaisseur”!
World famous, these two star regions do not cultivate the same grape variety but are often called “brother vineyards” by the Piedmontese. And how do they compare in the glass?
The French wine magazine tasted 24 wines from Burgundy and Piedmont, all from the 2011 vintage. Top points are given to Burlotto´s Monvigliero (18,5/20), Giacomo Conterno´s Cascina Francia (18,25/20) and Nervi Gattinara (18,5/20) followed by Hubert Lignier´s Clos de la Roche Grand Cru.
The tasting panel tasted all the wines blind : Pierre Vila Palleja, Pierre Citerne, Olivier Poels, Marco Pelletier (owner and sommelier of the Parisien restaurant Vantre) and Jerôme Gagnez. The points represent an average of all the scores given by each taster.
The panel makes some general remarks about the vintage 2011 and the tasting profile of the wines from Burgundy and Piedmont :
Translated from French : The year chosen, 2011, is one of ample fruit, accessible thanks to a profile combining ripeness and suppleness. It is more successful in Piedmont than in Burgundy, where several wines suffered from vegetal notes and root tones. In front of big Burgundies, the Piedmontese showed a scale, a complexity and a wealth of perfume often superior!
The panel provided the following tasting notes of Nervi Gattinara 2011: “C´est la surprise de cette dégustation. Ce vin allie la spontanéité du fruit juste mûr au moelleux d´une chair sensuelle, la fraîcheur des armes a une grande noblesse d´expression. Elégant, il démontre l´immense finesse que peuvent atteindre les vins du Haut-Piemont.
English translation: This is the surprise of this tasting. This wine combines the spontaneity of the ripe fruit with the softness of a sensual skin, the freshness of the aromas has a great nobility of expression. Elegant, it demonstrates the immense finesse that can reach the wines of Haut-Piemont.