G.D. Vajra Clare J.C. Langhe Nebbiolo - Piedmont
Bottle size: 750ml
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We love wines like this at the Wine Experience. Light bodied, energetic, pinotesque.
It’s Nebbiolo as you rarely see it though, crafted by Vajra in a very old school style which reflects the manner Barolo apparently used to be made in the 17th and 18th Century, more in line with Claret in Bordeaux. There’s about 25% whole bunch in this which gives it a pseudo Beaujolais feel and texture. The semi carbonic maceration delivers enticing fragrance and lifts the primary flavours of the Nebbiolo grape whilst at the same time taming the occasionally edgy tannins.
There’s a lovely floral note on the nose with rose petal amidst stony mineral and dusty cherry and wild strawberry nuances. The palate is airy and vivid alive with frisky Nebbiolo fruit that echo the nose, unhindered by any any oak influence. It’s a very pretty wine indeed that speaks loudly of Nebbiolo and Piedmont, although the fruit is more pronounced here than most standard Langhe DOC Nebbiolo's.
This unique wine was first produced in 2014. The name Claré J.C. pays homage to Thomas Jefferson – who visited Piemonte in 1787 and described Nebbiolo as “dry as a claret, sweet and lingering as Madeira, brisk as Champagne” - and to Darrell Corti of Corti Bros in California, an amazing person and pioneer of Piemonte wines who helped us recreate the style of these forgotten, slightly sweet and sparkling Nebbiolos.
Produced with grapes from younger vines on the estate's vineyards, Claré J.C. is 100% Nebbiolo. In 2017, approximately a quarter of the fruit was vinified with whole clusters. The winemaking protocol follows the 1606 writings of Gian Battista Croce. 25% of the fruit was gently placed as whole clusters at the bottom of the vat, and topped up with crushed juice.
After five days, the wine was racked into a closed tank to finish fermentation off the skins, for a more gentle extraction. Malolactic conversion took place in stainless steel. Claré J.C. was bottled in February 2018, after a very short period in vat, so as to retain maximum freshness in the bottle. - Giuseppe Vaira
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