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Barolo Le Vigne, Sandrone (magnum) - 2018

After the initial balsamic nose, as is often the case with southern Barolos, Le Vigne is a surprisingly open wine, true to its vintage, expressing notes of lightly roasted almonds, warm spices and citrus. The palate is vinous and full-bodied, but never forced. The tannins are very classy and show that once again, the wine has been aged with great precision! A must. J. Suckling : 95/100 ; Weinwisser : 18+/20 ; Luca Gardini : 96/100 ; Wine Advocate : 96/100 ; Wine Spectator : 95/100 ; James Suckling : 95/100 ; Wine Enthusiast : 94/100 ; Falstaff : 96/100
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Since the first vintage produced in 1990, Barolo Le Vigne has been in the purest local tradition, as it is made from a blend of (great) terroirs that has evolved over time. From 1990 to 1993, it included the Conterni and Vignane crus. From 1994 to 1997, the Merli cru was added. From 1998 to 2009, the Cerretta grand cru (on Serralunga) is added. From 2010, the Baudana vintage (on Serralunga) replaces the Cerretta vintage. And finally, from 2011, the grand cru of Villero (on Castiglione falletto) replaces that of Conterni.


Each batch is vinified separately. After de-stemming and light crushing, maceration begins. The alcoholic fermentation starts about 24 to 36 hours later thanks to the indigenous yeasts. Maceration is carried out in open stainless steel tanks for the first few days of alcoholic fermentation. In total, the fermentation lasts 20 to 30 days. Malolactic fermentation is carried out immediately after alcoholic fermentation in 500 litre French oak demi-muids (25% new). Aged for 24 months in the same barrels and then 18 months in bottles.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Carne cruda - Tajarin with ceps - Grilled suckling pig.


Luciano Sandrone is a Barolo star. He owes his recognition to an unparalleled sense of wine, which leads him to pay attention to all the details that make a great Barolo. In 1978, Luciano Sandrone isolated his Cannubi Boschis (a 7 hectare vineyard formerly known as Monghisolfo and located in the north-eastern extension of Cannubi) for the first time. Five years later, this wine was consecrated and entered the empyrean of mythical vintages with a 100/100 from Robert Parker. It then became a cult wine and enjoyed uninterrupted worldwide success. The only change in recent years is that it has been renamed Aleste since the 2013 vintage, thus merging the first names of Barbara's two children and therefore Luciano's grandchildren, ALEssia and STEfano.Back in 1990, he released the first vintage of his Barolo Le Vigne. The latter is not another vintage, but refers to the local tradition of blending different terroirs to produce the best possible wine. It will take some time to establish this wine in terms of image, especially as the first four vintages were sold only in the USA. So it only started to be known here in 1995. In the last few vintages, it has become the new spearhead of the estate, joining the pantheon of the appellation and benefiting from the entry into the blend of major crus: Cerretta and...


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