The wine is obtained from grapes Nebbiolo (in subvarieties Michet and Lampia) produced in the vineyard Bussia in the commune of Monforte d'Alba.
Altitude: 330 meters a.s.l.
Total surface: 0,3 ha
Type of the soil: marls of Sant'Agata in layers, rich of grey-yellowish sand
System of growing: traditional Guyot
Density of system: about 5.500 grapevines per hectare
Yield per hectare: 80 quintals
Average age of the grapevine: from 15 to 20 years
Grape harvest: manual, realized in the middle of October.
The first year of production: 1963
Alcoholic gradation: 14% - 15% vol. in relation to the year.
Wine-making and ageing: Fermentation in tanks made of stainless steel thermo-conditioned for 10-12 days. Ageing in french oak casks for 24 months. The grapes picked in this vineyard have the capability to produce a wine particularly tannic and rich, this peculiarity, that can result almost a deficiency in a young wine, actually is a great characteristic in order to let a Barolo Bussia endure long-lasting ageings.
Curiosity: A particular soil on which is produced the grape destinated to this Barolo, gives to the wine an extraordinary tannic profile, but it is recommended an ageing for at least two years in the bottle in order to make the wine soft and let it acquire delicate scents such as classic bouquet.
CHARACTERISTICS OF DEGUSTATION
On view: deep intense garnet red.
Nose: complex, ample, with scents of small red and black fruits, balsamic and menthol notes, that leave space to floral and spicy notes. This is a wine of extraordinary elegance and its aromas with the years evolve in scents of goudron and undergrowth.
Palate: Barolo of the great structure, a good alcoholic concentration, with strong tannins able to guarantee long-lasting ageings, persistent in the mouth with a pleasant sensation of balance while tasting.
It's advisable to pour the wine into decanter at least one hour earlier and drink it at 18-20° C temperature.
Gastronomic combinations: It's perfect by matching it with rich dishes of the cuisine of Piedmont, oven-baked red meats, stewed fowl and braised meats such as “rabbit al civet”; excellent with courses based on white truffle. It's great to match it with cheeses of medium and long-lasting ageing. After a few years of ageing, it expresses its remarkable potentialities also sipping it as a wine of meditation.
Grape harvest 2011
A very hot great year with particularly elevated quantities of sugars in the grapes. During degustation the tannins present themselves softer and sweeter than usually, the wine is appropriate for medium/long-lasting ageing.
Grape harvest 2010
An excellent year with a perfect ripening of the grapes; sugars, acidity and polyphenols are balanced in order to give us the best Barolo. Surely in the future we'll speak again about this grape harvest, also because it has all the characteristics to endure the ageing for many years.
Grape harvest 2009
An elegant year, good acidity and an optimal pH for a Barolo balanced and soft while tasting. Fresher aromas that reminde the small red fruits and the floral flavour of the roses just gathered. It's appropriate for a long-lasting ageing.
Grape harvest 2008
A very hot year with a regular and optimal ripening of the grapes, very rich wine with top-level polyphenols and alcohol. Barolo that is ready to be drunk fairly young. Good for a long-lasting ageing.
Grape harvest 2003
The year 2003 was one of the sunniest and hottest of the last years and the Barolo wines obtained express a concentration and an extraordinary length in mouth. This year confers particularly good characteristics of longevity. The main aromas are of ripe fruits and etherealities of leather and chocolate. It is appropriate for ageing.
Grape harvest 2002
Due to the climate particularly unfavourable with a lot of rain, also during all the summer period, the produced grapes had been of very bad quality. In the middle of September a terrible hailstorm damaged the grapes in phase of ripening. The musts were poor in sugars and tannins, with elevated acidity, few colour and general imbalance. In this sad year we decided to not produce the wine Barolo.
Grape harvest 2001
It's surely the best year of the last twenty years. This Barolo has a remarkable body and particularly structured and intense tannins, this one makes it more vigorous while tasting during its first years in bottle, and this is exactly the characteristic that permits it a long-lasting ageing (till 40 years). The main characteristics of this wine are those of a classic Barolo, rich of aromas, ethereal, with scents of leather and chocolate.
Grape harvest 2000
With a tonality particularly intense, deep ruby red with garnet reflections, this Barolo 2000 emits in the mouth an intense aroma of undergrowth and violet. Surely it will pass into the history also for the peculiarity of the year, for once without interpreting it like a weather trend but like a year, 2000, the passage from one millennium to another!