(2018) The vinification is similar to the Greco, with four to five months on the lees in tank. It seems a little firmer, more strict on the nose than the Greco, with citrus and herbs and a steely green apple character. In the mouth a similar limpid texture, but indeed the acidity is higher and the whole picture more sharply chiselled, some fat around the mid-palate swept up in a mineral salts and lemony acidity.
(2018) This 100% Aglianico cuvée is from a single vineyard and is aged for 18 months in medium-toast new French barriques, with a minimum of an extra 24 months in bottle before release. It's an extremely dense and powerful wine, with massive concentration, yet there is light and shade. Briar, liquorice and dark, vinous plummy fruit on the nose is just starting to allow some delicate rose and cherry character to emerge. In the mouth it is strapping stuff, an onslaught of sweet fruit that is cloaked in tannin and bright acidity, a touch of charry coffeeish oak, and just loads of extract and substance. Hugely serious, muscular and impressive, this is worth tucking away for at least five more years before broaching, but if opening now, decant for a couple.
(2018) What a fascinating - and really excellent - wine this is. From a single vineyard, it is a vintage wine with zero residual sugar, and therefore bone-dry. This is a family firm, daughters Maria Elena, Elvira, Luisa and Giuliana Bortolomiol carrying on the work of their father Giuliano, the wines made by Roberto Cipresso, one of Italys most highly-regarded oenelogists. The result is a fabulous, pin-sharp and refined Prosecco, where delicate pear and herb aromas are swept up in a rush of lemon and lime, crystalline acidity. A genuine food Prosecco, with terrific finesse and length. No UK stockists at time of writing
(2016) Disgorged in July 2016, this blends 45% Pinot Meunier with 35% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. It's a supremely elegant Champagne, pale gold in colour with minuscule bubbles. The nose has pronounced yeastiness but also delightfully bright, vivid fruitiness and floral delicacy, citrus peel and a touch of anise spice. The balance is lovely in the mouth, racy and super elegant, refined acidity driving precisely, the finish long and tapering to a gentle point.
(2016) The business is now run by the eight generation of the Chiquet family, one of the very first growers to begin making and bottling their own Champagnes rather than selling their grapes to one of the major houses. This is pale and lemony in colour, with very fine bubbles. Aromas are classic, with some autolytic, bready development and masses of tight citrus and apple core fruitiness. It is complex already, with a little coffee and toast, a touch of meatiness. In the mouth the fine mousse adds to the sense of acid firmness: this is a tight and concentrated Champagne, the complexity is there though, little nuances of floral, nut husk and steely lemon fruit into a long, tantalising finish. 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, disgorged March 2016.