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Barbaresco Fausoni, Sottimano - 2018

  • Provenance: Piedmont
  • Appellation: Barbaresco
  • Domain: Sottimano
  • Grape variety(ies): Nebbiolo
  • On-call time: 25 years
  • Style of wine: Vin de grand terroir
  • Alcohol degree: 14%
From an archetypal Neive terroir, where elegance reigns supreme, it has a very light colour, the same as a great fine pinot noir. It is first of all a great wine with a superb aromatic definition: admirable nose of truffle, rose, captivating, underlying exotic fruits. The attack is suave, with fat tannins that evoke Burgundy. The wine is unsurpassed in finesse, texture, smoothness, with a very noble spicy flavour. It goes on for a long time, very juicy, salivating: we are completely in the definition of the place with an unfathomable charm, a harmony. A great favourite!
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South/West facing terroir, 35 year old vines. As can be seen on any map of the Barbaresco region, Fausoni is located right on the border of the commune of Neive. Consequently, the wine is built on a subtle balance of elegance, bouquet and concentration.


Fermentation and maceration of the skins normally takes about 18 days. No selected yeasts are used, only those of the terroir. Malolactic fermentation is done in French barrels, where the wine remains for about 18-20 months. 25% new wood. There is no filtration or fining before bottling.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Roast duck - Saddle of chamois - White truffle risotto.


Founded in the 1970s by Rino Sottimano and taken over by two of his children, Elena and Andrea, this family-run estate in Barbaresco is a reference point in the Langhe region. Starting with a few plots of land in the Cottà cru, it now has almost 18 hectares spread over five of the best local crus, namely Currà, Cottà, Pajoré, Fausoni and Basarin. The vineyards have been cultivated organically since the very beginning, with absolute rigour in the work on the soil and the plants, and the approach in the cellar is equally respectful of the raw material. Fermentations and macerations last at least three weeks. No selected yeast is used. Malolactic fermentation is never triggered; it occurs naturally in the spring following the harvest. The wine is aged in François Frères Burgundy barrels of very noble origin, where it remains for 18 to 22 months. Each wine expresses its terroir and vintage with maximum precision and detail, combining the tannic elegance of the Burgundian approach in casks with the classic restraint of Piedmontese wines.


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