Pio Cesare

Piemontese classics from a 'modern traditionalist'

This historic family-owned estate is named after its founder Cesare Pio, who established the business in 1881. The winery is based in Alba, in the heart of Langhe in Piemonte and is now run by Federica Boffa and Cesare Benvenuto, the fifth generation of the family. Pio Cesare vineyards are 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 

Pio Cesare developed Barolo’s reputation overseas in the 1950s by being one of the first producers to export the wine to the UK. The founder’s great grandson Pio Boffa was deeply convinced of the importance of cultivating and growing owned land to produce high quality wines and played a key role in the acquisition of vineyards in the same locations where Cesare Pio used to buy his grapes from.

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. Since the 2015 vintage and the whole wine production comes from only family-owned vineyards.

Pio Cesare is also dedicated to experimentation and their latest addition to the portfolio are Blanc Sauvignon and Rosy. Blanc Sauvignon is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc made from Il Bricco vineyard in Treiso, Rosy is a full bodied yet elegant rosé made from Nebbiolo grapes sourced from the same vineyard. Both wines, made in very limited quantities, show the typical structure and complexity coming from Il Bricco terroir and can age beautifully in the bottle.

MINIMAL INTERVENTION WINEMAKING

Pio Cesare Nebbiolos are made with shorter macerations, separate lot fermentation, judicious selection from barrel and large cask ageing. The wines must reflect the terroir rather than the winemaking.

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

Forth generation Pio Boffa created a limited range of ‘single vineyard’ wines; 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 2021 — Pio Cesare

Gavi 2021

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 2021 — Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare L’Altro Chardonnay 2021

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 2019 — Pio Cesare

'Piodilei' Chardonnay 2019

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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Blanc Langhe Sauvignon 2021 — Pio Cesare

Blanc Langhe Sauvignon 2021

Langhe, DOC

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting note

The wine shows aromas of citrus and hints of tropical fruit. On the palate is refreshing with a long minerally finish.

 

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Rosy Langhe Rose 2021 — Pio Cesare

Rosy Langhe Rose 2021

Langhe, DOC

Nebbiolo
Syrah

Tasting note

The wine was named “Rosy” after their founder’s granddaughter. Rosy has glorious amber hues, and on the nose showcases spiced red berries, and touches of mountain herbs. With lively acidity and great structure, the finish is full of spice and red berries.

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Moscato d'Asti 2021 — Pio Cesare

Moscato d'Asti 2021

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. Produced in very limited quantity.

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Vermouth — Pio Cesare

Vermouth

Piemonte, Italy

Chardonnay
Moscato Bianco

Tasting note

“Chardonnay, Moscato Bianco macerated with more than 25 botanicals and sweetened with burnt sugar. Candied orange, cinnamon, and vanilla redolent of panettone; balsamic tarragon and polished wood nuances.” – Michaela Morris

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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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Dolcetto d'Alba 2019 — Pio Cesare

Dolcetto d'Alba 2019

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 2019 — Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2019

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 2019 — Pio Cesare

Nebbiolo 2019

Langhe DOC, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Fragrant ripe berry fruits and floral touches, with rounded and well integrated tannins that give this wine structure and longevity. The wine is rich, full-bodied, with a hint of gentle toasting.

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Barbaresco 2018 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 2018

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Pio Cesare excels when it comes to the classics, and this wine is one of those. The 2018 Barbaresco (released one year later compared to its peers) delivers some mild candied raspberry ripeness with lilac, tarry smoke, cedarwood and spice. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with softly integrated tannins. (Monica Larner, Wine Advocate)

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Barbaresco 2017 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 2017

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Aromas of dried orange, berry and hazelnut with hints of dried flowers. Tar, too. Full-bodied with chewy tannins and a juicy finish. The tannins are very fine and integrated. Chewy and encompassing flow across the palate. Very structured. Try after 2024. (James Suckling)

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Barolo 2018 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 2018

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Aromas of spicy red cherries on a loamy underlay, together with savory twists of forest floor and walnut shell. Some orange rind, too. Full-bodied with very fine, firm and silky tannins and lots of long, focused fruit and spice flavor. Good structure for 2018. Needs a year or two to fully knit together. Best from 2024. (James Suckling)

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Barolo 2017 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 2017

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

This vintage has extraordinary elegance, complexity and character. Full bodied with fine tannins, this is a Barolo of great precision and ageing potential (15+ years).

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Barbera d'Alba Superiore 'Fides' Vigna Mosconi 2019 — Pio Cesare

Barbera d'Alba Superiore 'Fides' Vigna Mosconi 2019

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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Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2018 — Pio Cesare

Barbaresco 'Il Bricco' 2018

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

The 2018 Barbaresco Il Bricco shows ample depth and intensity with dark fruit, smoke, toasted spice and cured tobacco. This is a production of 6,393 numbered bottles. This vintage shows a mid-weight approach with rich fruit weight and polished tannins.(Monica Larner, Wine Advocate)

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Barolo 'Ornato' 2018 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 'Ornato' 2018

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Complex on the nose, offering a blend of ripe red berries, nutty minerals, orange-peel and spice. Some savory, almost meaty notes, too. Full, compact and intense, yet there’s a graceful feel to the palate, thanks to the really fine web of tannin. Super polish and promise here. Classy. Needs some time. Try from 2025. (James Suckling)

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Barolo 'Ornato' 2017 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 'Ornato' 2017

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Extremely perfumed with dark berries, cherries, strawberries and crushed stones. Full-bodied with chewy, polished tannins that are muscular. Fantastic structure to this young Barolo, as well as great length. It grows on the palate with ease. Truly impressive. Incredible. Try after 2025. (James Suckling)

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Barolo 'Mosconi' 2018 — Pio Cesare

Barolo 'Mosconi' 2018

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

100% Nebbiolo

Tasting note

Compared to the Ornato, the 2018 Barolo Mosconi (with fruit from Monforte d’Alba) shows a tighter and more compact quality with a direct, linear and powerful approach. The bouquet builds in vertical intensity, starting with tart fruit aromas and culminating with tar, rusted nail and camphor ash. That aromatic ascent comes at you quickly, and the wine ultimately settles on a very wide, all-encompassing performance. (Monica Larner, Wine Advocate)

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Pio Cesare 2018 Barolos and Barbarescos receive great ratings from Monica Larner

Pio Cesare 2018 Barolos and Barbarescos receive great ratings from Monica Larner

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Pio Cesare 2018 Barolos and Barbarescos receive great reviews from Jamie Goode

Pio Cesare 2018 Barolos and Barbarescos receive great reviews from Jamie Goode

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Pio Cesare 2017s receive great praise from Decanter

Pio Cesare 2017s receive great praise from Decanter

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Pio Cesare 2017s Receive Exceptional Scores!

Pio Cesare 2017s Receive Exceptional Scores!

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The 2020 LRIWWA winners are announced

The 2020 LRIWWA winners are announced

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The Pio Cesare 2016 range – an exceptional and classic year!

The Pio Cesare 2016 range – an exceptional and classic year!

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