The best crus of Ceretto


The best crus of Ceretto

14 April 2020

Ceretto is a 360° experience of the Langhe, amidst wine, vineyards, landscapes, art and flavours.

When one thinks of Ceretto, what immediately comes to mind are the Barolo Chapel repainted by Sol Lewitt and David Tremlett, the extraordinary architectural design of the Grape, the glass and wood dome hanging over the Berardina vineyards, head location of the winery. But it is impossible to separate Ceretto from its essence, being a winery, whose “first art” consists in having constantly sought the best vineyards of the Langhe, thanks to the determination of its founder, Bruno Ceretto, combining the territory with a meticulous work of promoting Piedmont wine overseas. The Ceretto cellar itself, located halfway between Alba, Grinzane Cavour and Roddi, was founded at the crossroads of exceptional territories, an ideal meeting point between the Langhe of Barolo, the Langhe of Barbaresco and the hills of Roero. These three territories, these three lands – just like how the Ceretto family calls them – are the very soul of their wines: 160 hectares of property vineyards, 4 cellars, and over 17 labels produced. These might seem like numbers exclusively for big businesses, but this is not the case. Ceretto maintains a vigneron attitude, whose direct relationship with the vineyards - today 100% organic – is the centre of the attention and the foundation of quality.

But which are the main crus cultivated by Ceretto? Let’s see some of them.

Bricco Rocche

The cube - Bricco Rocche, Castiglione Falletto The cube - Bricco Rocche, Castiglione Falletto

This vineyard in Castiglione Falletto is the smallest MGA among those identified by the Barolo disciplinary and it counts an area of a little over 1 hectare. It represents the most prestigious part of what was once called as La Serra and it is nestled between the Villero and the Rocche di Castiglione, ideally representing the totality of the topmost areas. In all respect, it may be considered as a monopole, since the whole lot is exclusively owned by the Ceretto family, who vinifies it as a single vineyard. The height of the vineyard is also excellent: between 350 to 370 metres above sea level, with a south-east to south-west exposure. The soil is mostly made up of Diano Sandstones, layers of rocks formed from the compacting of sand, silt and clay from ancient sea beds, typical of the highest peaks in Monforte d’Alba. Lands that yield a Barolo Bricco Rocche Docg with excellent character, great complexity and aristocratic elegance.


Asili, Barbaresco Asili, Barbaresco

Asili is certainly the most representative MGA of the Barbaresco denomination and in terms of landscape (a hill that goes around the homonymous crag for a full 360 degrees) and expressed quality, it has become the very symbol of the municipality if Barbaresco. The planted area goes down up to the foot of the hill, moving from 290 metres on its highest point, to the 200 metres of the valley floor. The soil presents signs of Sant’Agata Fossili marl (fine, silty and clayey sediments) and a south/south-west exposure. Ceretto owns the peak of the hill (a little over one hectare) which can almost be considered as an independent production area on its own due to its particular nuances. Asili is one of the most historical crus of this winery from Alba, vinified as a single vineyard since the first half of the ’70s. The Barbaresco Docg Asili is capable of surprising thanks to its finesse and power, its captivating elegance and longevity.

Cannubi San Lorenzo

Cannubi San Lorenzo Cannubi San Lorenzo

Let’s go back to the Barolo denomination, within one of its most acclaimed and famous crus in the world: the Cannubi. Among the five subzones that can be attributed to the Cannubi MGA, this is certainly the least vast, counting a total of a little under 2.5 hectares. The cru, with an east/south-east exposure, sits atop the highest point of Valletta and it is the peak of the entire hilly belt, with an altitude that exceeds 315 metres above sea level. The Ceretto family owns the small crag overlooking the subzone, for a total area of 2,300 metres. The vineyards are characterized by a widespread presence of very old vines (the central body is more than 90 years old!) and by an ancestral type of cultivation, which tends to enhance the particular terroir at hand. The sandy soil (Sant’Agata Fossili marl) and the particular microclimatic conditions (the altitude and the excellent ventilation bring important temperature ranges) yield a wine of rare complexity and elegance. The Barolo Docg Cannubi San Lorenzo is a very special bottle. It ages for at least 10 years after being harvested and it is exclusively produced in the 1.5L magnum size. It is a limited edition, with only 500 magnum bottles for collectors and true enthusiasts.
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