We are delighted to introduce the very first release of L’Età Più Bella (With Age Comes Beauty) - a project close to our hearts, conceived in collaboration with master pruner Marco Simonit.
As the name suggests, this fine wine project has its roots in the conservation and bottling of the most precious old vines from across the world’s finest terroirs. Marco (famed for his work with Domaine Leroy, Chateau d'Yquem, Gaja and many more) is better placed than anyone to understand the importance of old vines as the ambassadors of fine wine and sustainable viticulture, producing the truest possible blueprint of the terroir they come from.
The first edition in the series comes from Marco’s home region of Friuli where he joined forces with his close friend Christian Patat (winemaking consultant at Miani and Ronco del Gnemiz), to make Friuli 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:
A Chardonnay from 80+ year old vines from the top Chardonnay village of Manzano.
A Friulano from 50+ year old vines in Corno di Rosazzo.
A Sauvignon Blanc 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 an incredible achievement that growers in Sancerre and Bordeaux would be envious of).
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.
"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)