L’Età Più Bella (With Age Comes Beauty) is a project celebrating precious old vines across the world’s finest terroirs. Marco Simonit (the master pruner famed for his work with Domaine Leroy, Château d'Yquem, Gaja and many more) is better placed than anyone to understand the importance of old vines.
The first set of wines comes from Marco’s home region of Friuli where he has joined forces with close friend Christian Patat (winemaking consultant at Miani and Ronco del Gnemiz), to make wines of the highest level, showcasing what some of the best and oldest vines in the region are capable of.
The result is three stunning wines from the 2018 vintage – all distinct and varietally precise, but with a coherent elegance, intensity, minerality and energy that make these some of the most impressive wines we have tried from Friuli.
The Chardonnay comes from 80+ year old vines in Manzano (a top village for the variety); while the Friulano vines are over 50 years in age, in Corno di Rosazzo. The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from 30+ year old vines in Dolegna di Collio (30 years may not seem very old but for Sauvignon Blanc, which is particularly susceptible to vine disease, finding healthy vines over 30 years of age is incredibly rare).
These are superb, elegant wines that showcase how sensational Friuli whites can be. And all in the name of preserving the single most important tenet of fine wine production – old vines.
This six-bottle case is the first offering from master pruner Marco Simonit’s old-vine project, L’Età Più Bella, in collaboration with FINE+RARE. Literally translating as “with age comes beauty”, these wines are made with the fruit from some of Friuli’s oldest vines. Over their lifetime, the roots of these plants have furrowed deeper, producing wines of depth and complexity. Including two bottles each of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Friulano, these wines display the power of old vines and the un-tapped potential of Friuli.
Case includes two bottles (75cl) of each of the following: 2018 L’Età Più Bella Chardonnay, 2018 L’Età Più Bella Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 L’Età Più Bella Friulano.
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"Lean, taut and chiselled, this is a bright lemony Sauvignon with good acidity and some fine herbal hints. It’s quite compact and mineral with precision and focus, finishing quite taut. Stylish stuff."
JAMIE GOODE MW (ON THE 2018 SAUVIGNON)