2017 Barberani Luigi e Giovanna

2017 Barberani Luigi e Giovanna

93 Points John Caro
2017 Barberani Luigi e Giovanna
93 Points John Caro

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A wonderfully complex and serious white from the leading producer in Orvieto. This premium Grechetto carries the words "Classico Superiore" on the label, but this elevated designation does not express the opulent quality that goes in the bottle. It includes only Barberani's very finest and ripest fruit, and this impressive dimension is only added to by a small portion of botrytised grapes. With immense character even now, the Luigi e Giovanna will continue to improve in cellar. Volumes of this treasure are small — don't wait to secure your stock!

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$69.99 in mixed 6+ or $77.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Barberani is one of Umbria’s most respected producers, famous for its clean, pure-tasting wines. The vineyards lie on hills overlooking Lake Corbara, close to the city of Orvieto in the south-west of the province, which lies south of Tuscany in Italy’s centre. Of the estate’s 80-odd hectares, 50 are dedicated to vineyards and olive groves. The close proximity of the lake below helps regulate the microclimate here by preventing extreme variations in temperature. Advised by consultant oenologist Maurizio Castelli, the estate, which uses no chemical herbicides or pesticides in its vineyards, is renowned for its clean, pure-tasting wines. By law, Orvieto is made from a combination of five grape varieties, of which the finest is grechetto, a Barberani speciality. Around 20,000 bottles of it are produced in every vintage under the designation of Grechetto Umbria IGT. Barberani also produce a fragrant dessert wine called Calcaia, from trebbiano di Toscana and grechetto grapes concentrated by noble rot (muffa nobile). It is similar to Sauternes in style but with a characteristic lightness of touch. More recently high class barrel-aged reds have been introduced, using sangiovese, merlot and cabernet. These can rival Tuscany’s best in quality, but not in price.

Organic and vegan

What The Critics Say

17/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller

"100% Grechetto. Luscious and yet not heavy. The character of a late-harvest wine but without the heaviness or sweetness. Pear and aromatic apple with hints of acacia and orange blossom. Beautiful, layered white and yellow fruit with very discreet acidity (2017 was a super-hot year), but it is very well balanced and with mandarin hints on the finish. Ageworthy, although I don't think anyone will be able to resist this for long. (WS)." Drink 2020 - 2028

93/100 Vinous, Eric Guido (2016 vintage)

"The 2016 Luigi & Giovanna leans more toward the savory and mineral spectrum, showing young peach and mango, giving way to crushed stone, yellow flowers and hints of undergrowth. Silky textures usher in ripe orchard fruits and sweet herbs, while vibrant acids create a cascading and almost crunchy sensation as it travels across the palate. The finish is pure, refined and graceful, as the mouth waters for another sip and saline-minerals slowly taper off. This is a remarkably pretty and balanced Orvieto that may be even better after a few years of cellaring."

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    2020 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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