20CENT Style Casali del Barone 150 1 Langhe DOC Bianco
For this episode of 20/CENT Style, allow me to share some note about a very pleasant white wine, the 150+1 from Casali del Barone. If you are a faithful reader, I had already told you about my little weakness for white wines, and Italians in particular. Well believe me, this one is truly worth the detour.
In the beginning, a cooperative and a group
For the elaboration of this wine, 150 members of the Vallebelbo cooperative and Schenk Italia have joined forces. The aim of the 150+1 project is to highlight the innovation and uniqueness of the grape varieties originating from the Langhe region, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Vallebelbo cooperative was founded in 1956 and comprises around 500 hectares of vineyards on the Langhe hills around Santo Stefano Belbo.
The 150+1 Langhe DOC Bianco
As announced in the introduction, the white wine we are talking about today is more than nice and pleasant. It is made from 90% Chardonnay grapes and 10% Arneis. The grapes are harvested by hand, destemmed and pressed. Then fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 14°- 16° C for 3 weeks. Finally, the wine matures for 2 months "sur lies" (if you know your wines, you should know the method) before bottling.
When you taste it, this wine offers beautiful floral and fruity notes, and it is rather elegant. Of course, with fish or typical Italian dishes it will go very well. But my favorite thing to do with this wine is to pair it with cheese.
For wine lovers, the 150+1 is available at Carrefour for the very reasonable price of 6.99€ (recommended retail price).