Together with Giacomo Conterno, Luciano Sandrone’s Barolo is now one of the most prized and sought after wines from Piedmont. Sandrone is a master winemaker and has some of the most legendary plots in Barolo; including Cannubi Boschis which he bought in 1977 from savings he earned working his teen years in the famous Marchesi di Barolo.
Sandrone is considered one of the leading lights in the modernist movement of Barolo winemaking. He employs acute green harvests heavily restricting yields, ages his wine shorter than tradition dictates and employs extended maceration. However, he also embodies traditional values, perfectly synthesising old and new like Paolo Scavino; straddling the dichotomy of tradition and modernism with supreme precision. One of the tenents of traditional Barolo is that the final blend should come from multiple vineyards, with each vineyard providing something different such as aromatics, rich fruit and structure. It was only in the sixties that Prunotto and Vietti first bottled from single vineyards making this en vogue.
Sandrone again comes to the fore here remaining true to tradition and it is within this paradigm that his Le Vigne is now his most sought after wine. It is fascinating that his single vineyard Cannubi Boschis has established his greatness, but that in recent years it is his blend of multiple vineyards, Le Vigne, that is now one of the greatest Barolos in the world, scoring 100 points from Galloni in 2010. In recent years Sandrone has been including more grapes from Serralunga, a region known for the oldest most compact soils in the Barolo zone.
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