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Contratto 'Pas Dose' Millesimato Spumante, Alta Langa DOCG, Italy

Contratto 'Pas Dose' Millesimato Spumante, Alta Langa DOCG, Italy

Elegance Reborn: The 2015 Contratto 'Pas Dosé' Millesimato

A Legacy Carved in Bubbles

The tale of the 2015 Contratto 'Pas Dosé' Millesimato begins in the storied cellars of Contratto, a beacon of Italian sparkling wine excellence since Giuseppe Contratto's visionary beginnings in 1867. As pioneers of the first Italian sparkling wines referred to in the bottle, Contratto's legacy spans over a century, earning the esteem of royalty and the Vatican alike. The historic transition from the Contratto family to the Bocchinos and ultimately to the Rivettis of La Spinetta in 2011 marked a continuation of excellence. Their commitment to showcasing the unique character of each vintage and the meticulous restoration of the "Wine Cathedral," now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, underscores a dedication to heritage and quality.

Craftsmanship in Every Bubble

The 2015 vintage, a testament to Contratto's philosophy of terroir-driven excellence, is a meticulously crafted blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from the elevated vineyards of Bossolasco. Following a gentle destemming and pressing to extract the finest "flower must," the wine undergoes its first fermentation in stainless steel tanks. This is followed by an impressive maturation: nine months in tanks and a remarkable 60 months aging on lees in bottle, culminating in a zero dosage disgorgement highlighting the wine's natural finesse and structure.

A Symphony of Senses

  • Region: Alta Langa DOCG, Italy
  • Varietal: 80% Pinot Nero, 20% Chardonnay
  • Color: A radiant copper yellow
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 7.43 g/l
  • pH Level: 3.09
  • Residual Sugars: 1.3 g/l

The sensory journey of the 'Pas Dosé' Millesimato is one of intricate balance and delicate beauty. It beckons with aromas of dried fruit, small pastries, and orange blossoms, leading to a palate where floral and citrus notes dance with a vibrant freshness. The wine's pelage is both creamy and enveloping, a testament to its superb structure and meticulous care in its creation.

Pairings and Prestige

Ideal at a serving temperature of 6-8°C in a Bordeaux glass, this sparkling treasure is best enjoyed alongside chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano or sumptuous shellfish, making it a versatile companion for intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. Its production, limited to 80,000 bottles, adds an exclusive touch to any occasion.

A Toast to Tradition and Innovation

The 2015 Contratto 'Pas Dosé' Millesimato is more than a wine; it's a journey through time, from the historic cellars of Canelli to the noble vineyards of Alta Langa. It embodies the spirit of a winery that has contributed to the narrative of Italian sparkling wine and continues to innovate within it. This vintage captures the essence of its terroir, the passion of its makers, and the legacy of a 150-year-old fairytale, inviting us to savor a piece of Italian winemaking history with each effervescent sip.

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