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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Barolo Chinato — Pio Cesare

Barolo Chinato

Piemonte, Italy

Nebbiolo

Tasting note

The ideal digestif made with China Calissaja and Succirubra barks that macerate in the estate’s classic Barolo for 21 days.The notes of  gentian roots, rhubarb, cardamom seeds, sweet and bitter orange blend seamlessly with the purity of Nebbiolo and create an everlasting, rich finish.

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Vermouth — Pio Cesare

Vermouth

Piemonte, Italy

Chardonnay
Moscato Bianco

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Gavi 2018 — Pio Cesare

Gavi 2018

Gavi DOCG, Piemonte

100% Cortese

Tasting note

Pio Cesare’s Gavi has a lovely freshness, with aromas of citrus zest and apple, ripe fruit and mouthwatering zestiness on the palate. A hint of spice makes this Gavi very food-friendly and appetizing. It is greatly balanced and elegant with a long, expressive finish.

 

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Pio Cesare L’Altro Chardonnay 2018 — Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare L’Altro Chardonnay 2018

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 2018 — Pio Cesare

Moscato d'Asti 2018

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 2017 — Pio Cesare

Dolcetto d'Alba 2017

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 2017 — Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2017

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 2015 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 2015

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

This vintage has extraordinary elegance, complexity and character. Silky and intense bouquet. Full body, great structure, right tannins, incredible aging potential, precise and classic Nebbiolo style. The wine has sweet and very elegant tannins.

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Barolo 2015 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 2015

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

This vintage has extraordinary elegance, complexity and character. Silky and intense bouquet. Full body, great structure, right tannins, incredible ageing potential, precise and classic Nebbiolo style. The wine has sweet and very elegant tannins. It still needs one year in oak for the best maturation.

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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 2013 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 2013

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' 2017 — Pio Cesare

Barbera d'Alba 'Fides' 2017

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Barbera

Tasting note

Full body, balance and concentration. Ripe fruit with a spicy edge. Can be laid down for a very long life in the cellar.

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Barbera d'Alba 'Fides' 2016 — Pio Cesare

Barbera d'Alba 'Fides' 2016

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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Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2015 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2015

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

This wine is powerful and structured, rich in ripe fruit, opulent, spicy and will have a very long life.

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Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2014 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2014

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

“Deep garnet; aromas of mulberry, black plum and thyme. Medium-full with a rich, deeply concentrated mid-palate. Rich young tannins that are beautifully integrated, very good acidity, excellent persistence and nicely managed wood notes. There are notes of balsamic in the finish. Outstanding varietal character, this has exceptional harmony and while approachable now, is structured for peak enjoyment in 10-12 years. Outstanding”, Tom Hyland, Forbes

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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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Barolo 'Ornato' 2015 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 'Ornato' 2015

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

This wine has great structure and concentration, with ripe fruit, soft tannins and tobacco. May be appreciated immediately, but with a very long life. It is produced in small quantities and only in excellent vintages.

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Barolo 'Mosconi' 2015 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 'Mosconi' 2015

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Mosconi 2015 wine of incredible power and finess with beautifully ripen and plump red fruit and a bouquet oozing of dried rose petals, truffle and small, dark berries.Very silky texture with an amazingly perfumed finish that  feels like it’s going on for minutes.

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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Winners Announced!

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Winners Announced!

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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Shortlist is Announced

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Pio Cesare’s 2015s receive impressive scores!

Pio Cesare’s 2015s receive impressive scores!

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