14/04/2024

Cocchi previews Alta Langa DOCG Extra Brut Biological millesimé 2019 at Vinitaly

Born from organic grapes in a blend (50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay) is the new cuvée of Alta Langa DOCG that Cocchi is presenting as a preview at Vinitaly on stand Q3 in Hall 10.

 

Cultivated on the same soil and in the same plot, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Alta Langa DOCG Extra Brut Biological 2019. They originate in a single vineyard in the Monforte d’Alba area, where factors such as the white soils, the calcareous and dry predominantly marly soils, the western exposure and the altitude, cooperate to express a particularly healthy fruit.

 

“We created this cuvée to research the adaptability of the Alta Langa appellation territory to organic cultivation and to identify an area best suited to this choice. The vineyard from which this cuvée comes proved suitable for producing quality grapes, albeit in small quantities,’ explained Giulio Bava, Cocchi’s oenologist.

 

 

The Cocchi style, even before the glass, can already be recognised in the vinification: the pressing of the grapes and the fermentation of the different fractions takes place separately for the two varieties in steel vats without the use of wood. The formation of the final batch takes into account only the best fractions fermented and decanted cold, without the use of clarifying agents.

The drawing of the bottles for tasting, which took place on 22 May 2020, is the stage of bottling the base wine to which sugar and organic yeasts are added, responsible for the frothing process, which lasts a month and a half.

The slow cycle of maturation on the lees and refinement of this special organic cuvée continued until the dégorgement of the batch, which took place 46 months later: on 19 March 2024.

This sparkling wine, among the first organic ones in the appellation, is an extra brut, with no added sugar. Of the 2019 vintage, 12,700 bottles were produced.

 

 

Giulio Bava continues: “Alta Langa DOCG Extra Brut Biological 2019 is a new bet on an appellation that we have believed in and invested in from the very beginning, and have energetically supported.

Cocchi’s long history is studded with important records within the appellation: Cocchi was one of the first producers to believe in Piedmont’s Alta Bollicine, so much so that today, in our archives, there are two entire decades in magnums for tasting, from when ‘Alta Langa’ was little more than a dream, a project and a brand, not yet a denomination”.

 

Cocchi was the first winery ever to propose an Alta Langa wine made only from Chardonnay grapes (Bianc ‘d Bianc, first vintage 2000), the first to propose a rosé wine (Rösa, first vintage 2000) and, in 2019, even the first to launch an Alta Langa Grappa.

 

“Today, Cocchi is still proud of its full fidelity to the appellation, its perfect compliance with a particularly strict regulation that only allows the production of vintage wines, i.e., the expression of a single harvest that is indicated on the label; a regulation that requires no less than 30 months of ageing for this classic method, and Cocchi goes even further, releasing cuvées that have rested on the lees for at least one more year, beyond the 30 months envisaged, as is the case today with this organic cuvée, 46 months on the lees.

 

 

 

TASTING NOTES

Clear and crystalline in its straw color with greenish reflections. Very delicate and fine initial olfactory impact. Floral of yarrow and hawthorn. More mature floreal flavors come back: brooms and acacia . Then leaving fresh lemon, grapefruit and pomelo juices. Sensations that leave the mouth clean and clear without giving bitterness. Light limestone flavor and white pepper accompany the finish of Mediterranean herbs and nori seaweed, giving smoothness and pleasantness to the sip.

 

Also on tasting at Vinitaly 2024 will be Alta Langa DOCG Totocorde Brut 2018 (80% Pinot noir, 20% Chardonnay), Alta Langa DOCG Bianc ‘d Bianc Brut 2018 (100% Chardonnay), Alta Langa DOCG Rösa Brut 2019 (100% Pinot noir) and Alta Langa DOCG Pas Dosé 2017 (100% Pinot noir).

 

In Cocchi’s tastings, one tastes great ageing wines, often true challenges to time, the result of centuries-old savoir faire, respect for method, the irreplaceable value of history, the pursuit of excellence and a deep respect for a unique and yet-to-be-discovered territory, that of the high lands of the Langa.
Cocchi was one of the first movers and promoters, as early as the end of the last century, of that ‘Patto tra gentiluomini’ (pact between gentlemen) that contributed to making the appellation so popular in Piedmont: a pact that recognises the role of wine-growing families as custodians of traditions and guardians of the territory. From the local winegrowers, who thus remain the owners of their land, Cocchi continues to buy grapes, honouring that same pact more than two decades later.

Cocchi’s Alta Langa DOCG is recognisable by a style that is perfectly structured, elegant and at the same time vibrant, with great freshness, where the Pinots with long ageing on the lees and a minimum dosage of sugars are the protagonists. Like the Pinots, Cocchi’s Chardonnays see only steel and glass and express the purity of the vine with a contemporary, rigorous and seductive imprint.