Alta Langha DOCG, Piemonte
Alta Langa DOCG is the Piedmontese brut sparkling wine. It is a DOCG region specifically designated for sparkling wine production. A small appellation with a very long history, Alta Langa is the birthplace of the first traditional method sparkling wine to be made in Italy during the mid-19th century, in the “Underground Cathedrals” recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage.
Located in the hills of Langhe, this DOCG requires a minimum of 90% Pinot Nero and/or Chardonnay, and a minimum period of 30 months aging on lees. Most importantly, Alta Langa DOCG sparkling wine is always a vintage wine, meaning no non-vintage wines are made in the appellation.
Wines to try:
2017 Banfi Cuvee Aurora Bianc Extra Brut (1A, ASC Fine Wines, HKD320)
Grape: 70% Pinot Nero 30% Chardonnay
Winemaking: Metodo Classico. 40 months on lees, hand remuage, 8 g/l dosage
2016 Casa E. di Mirafiore Blanc de Noir (9A, Ellermann, HKD 315)
Grape: 100% Pinot Nero
Winemaking: Metodo Classico. 36 months on lees.