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Pio Cesare

Piemontese classics from a 'modern traditionalist'

This historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the winery in 1881. Based in Alba in the heart of Piemonte, it is nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding hills are ideal for vine growing with unique micro-climates and varying exposures. The confluence of cold Alpine air with warm maritime moisture regularly creates a mist, or ‘nebbia’, over the foothills, giving name to Nebbiolo, the great red variety of the region.

BAROLO PIONEERS IN THE UK 

In the 1950s Pio Cesare was one of the first producers to export Barolo to the UK and thereby developing the wine’s reputation overseas. Today, the founder’s great grandson, Pio Boffa, continues the family tradition producing Piemontese wines in a style that manages to balance the best of the old with the best of the new.

VINEYARDS    

Pio Cesare own 70 hectares of vineyards in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco, including some of the prime sites for growing Nebbiolo: 16 hectares of the ‘Ornato’ vineyard in Barolo and 18 hectares of ‘Il Bricco’ in Barbaresco. The grapes for the ‘Classic’ Barolo are grown in four vineyards belonging to the Pio Cesare family in four of the Barolo communes; Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, Grinzane Cavour and Novello. (Pio Cesare own a total of 19 hectares used for the production of Barolo and Barolo ‘Ornato’). When blended, the unique qualities of the grapes from each vineyard combine to create a harmonious and perfectly balanced wine. From 2015 vintage and onwards, the total wine production will be made from only family-owned vineyards.

MINIMAL INTERVENTION WINEMAKING

Pio Boffa has been responsible for evolving the family style, carefully modernising the wines without losing the classic family traits or the Piemonte character. Shorter maceration, separate lot fermentation, judicious selection from barrel and large cask ageing all respect the individuality of the region’s wines. These are wines that are determined by the vineyard rather than fashion.

THE CLASSIC RANGE

There are a total of 11 wines within the portfolio which includes seven ‘classic’ wines representing the significant and diverse terroirs of Piemonte (Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, l’Altro Chardonnay and Gavi). Pio Cesare has established itself as a benchmark producer of the classic wines of the region, particularly Barolo. Pio Boffa decided to include this message on the Classic Barolo label: “”Please don’t call it regular”, in order to start the discussion around the true value of the unique wines from the Barolo. They are world-renowned wines with a staggering history.

SINGLE VINEYARDS

Innovatively, Pio Boffa has added a limited range of ‘single vineyard’ wines to the range; Barolo ‘Ornato’, Barbaresco ‘Il Bricco’, Barbera ‘Fides’ and ‘Piodilei’ Chardonnay. These collectables are only produced in the very best vintages, offering a more modern interpretation of some of the great individual sites in Piemonte, an unparalleled concentration and a remarkable ageing potential.

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Gavi 2017 — Pio Cesare

Gavi 2017

Gavi DOCG, Piemonte

100% Cortese

Tasting note

Pio Cesare’s Gavi has a lovely freshness, with aromas of citrus zest and apple, with ripe fruit and mouthwatering zestiness on the palate. It is greatly balanced  and elegant with a long, expressive finish.

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Pio Cesare L’Altro Chardonnay 2017 — Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare L’Altro Chardonnay 2017

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

90% Chardonnay
10% Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting note

L’Altro or ‘the other’ is Pio’s second Chardonnay. It is nevertheless full of character and intensity with lovely citrus and apple pie notes. It is full-bodied, rounded with pleasant acidity on the finish.

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'Piodilei' Chardonnay 2015 — Pio Cesare

'Piodilei' Chardonnay 2015

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Chardonnay

Tasting note

Burgundian in style, this superior Chardonnay shows complexity on the nose and palate. Notes of apple, citrus, stone fruit and vanilla. It is full-bodied and creamy with ripe fruit and an attractive minerality and freshness on the finish.

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Moscato d'Asti 2016 — Pio Cesare

Moscato d'Asti 2016

Moscato d’Asti DOCG

100% Moscato

Tasting note

Aromas of stone fruit with citrus and honey. The palate is semi-sweet with a delicate fizz and attractive apricot flavours.

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Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 — Pio Cesare

Dolcetto d'Alba 2016

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Dolcetto

Tasting note

Deep coloured, the Dolcetto has lovely berry and black cherry fruit with a slight herbal undertone. Fragrant and structured with good body and a touch of spice on the finish.

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Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2016 — Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2016

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Barbera

Tasting note

Aromas of blackberries, plums and ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and tobacco. On the palate this wine is supple and juicy with a great fruit and complexity.

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Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2015 — Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2015

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Barbera

Tasting note

Aromas of blackberries, plums and ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and tobacco. On the palate this wine is supple and juicy with a great fruit and complexity.

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Nebbiolo 2015 — Pio Cesare

Nebbiolo 2015

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Vibrant black cherry, rose petals, forest floor and  smokey notes on the nose, with finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity adding to the structured mouthfeel. The wine is expressive and full-bodied, with a hint of gentle smokey noteon the finish. Elegant and fragrant, this Nebbiolo is ready to be enjoyed but will develo even more complex aromas with age.

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Barbaresco 2014 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 2014

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

A very elegant style of Barbaresco: fresh and vibrant with ripe and spicy red fruit. Finely grained and structured tannins with a succulent mouthfeel. Good structure and concentration. Excellent to drink now with long ageing potential.

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Barbaresco 2013 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 2013

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

A very classic style of Barbaresco: elegant and velvety with ripe and spicy red fruit. Firm and structured tannins with an elegant and satisfying mouthfeel. Good structure and concentration. Very long ageing potential.

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Barbaresco 2011 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 2011

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Classic and elegant Barbaresco with aromas of red cherries, orange zest and white pepper.

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Barolo 2014 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 2014

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Pale ruby red in colour. Perfumes of red cherry fruit, spice, dried fruits and a subtle nuttiness, which follow on to the palate. Notable structure with grippy tannins and wonderful length.

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Barolo 2011 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 2011

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Ruby red in colour with excellent balance and a wonderfully long length. Full of dark cherries, smoke, savoury herbs and a hit of white pepper. Hints of licorice, orange peel and lavendar add an intriguing exoticism to this classic Barolo.

 

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Barbera d'Alba 'Fides' 2012 — Pio Cesare

Barbera d'Alba 'Fides' 2012

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Barbera

Tasting note

Deep ruby with purple hues, this wine has lifted perfumes of black and blue berries, with some notes of leather and sweet spice such as clove. Full of ripe fruit flavours, this wine concentrated and balanced with impressive length and a silky finish.

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Barbera d'Alba 'Fides' 2011 — Pio Cesare

Barbera d'Alba 'Fides' 2011

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Barbera

Tasting note

Wonderful perfumes of black and blue berries, with some leather and clove notes. Full of ripe fruit flavours, this wine concentrated and balanced with impressive length and a silky finish.

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Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2012 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2012

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Bright garnet in colour with perfumes of dark berries and summer fruits, a touch of sweet spice, liquorice and herbal notes. Rich, with delicious juicy fruit, fine tannins and a long, expressive finish with a touch of spice from the new oak.

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Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2011 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2011

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Garnet in colour, with perfumes of dark berries and summer fruits with a touch of sweet spice, liquorice and herbal notes which follow to the palate. Rich, with delicious juicy fruit, fine tannins and a long, expressive finish with a touch of spice from the new oak.

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Barolo 'Ornato' 2012 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 'Ornato' 2012

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Elegant and fragrant with aromas of delicate florals, tar, sweet cherry and spice. Immediately approachable with excellent balance and structure. Polished tannins and a long, mineral finish.

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Barolo 'Ornato' 2011 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 'Ornato' 2011

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

This elegant Barolo has fragrant aromas of delicate florals, tar, sweet cherry and spice. Immediately approachable with excellent balance and structure. Polished tannins and a long, mineral finish.

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