Spumante Brut Metodo Classico Dosaggio Zero

This is the latest addition to the family of sparkling wines by Antica Cascina Conti di Roero. The only pas dos?, with no added sugar. In keeping with the spirit of the estate, only native Roero grapes are used in our bubbly: Arneis and Nebbiolo, picked at the end of August, before they are fully ripe, when the acidity is still very evident.

Municipal district: Vezza d’Alba

Grape variety: 80% Arneis, 20% Nebbiolo

Exposure: south-east

Altitude (above sea level) 250 metres

Soil: lime and sand with a small percentage of clay

Vine training system: Espalier-Guyot

Age of vineyard: 20 years

Harvest: the grapes are harvested by hand into 20-kg crates at the end of August.

Vinification: immediately after hand-picking and meticulous selection, the grapes are soft pressed. The must is left to settle and then undergoes temperature controlled fermentation at 17-18°C in steel tanks. The base wine is bottled in spring. The bottles are laid down horizontally in large crates and kept at a constant temperature of 12-14°C for at least 18 months, during which the prise de mousse takes place (2nd fermentation). Subsequently, the bottles undergo “remuage” (shaking) to detach the sediment from the sides of the bottle and encourage it to move towards the cork of the bottle, which is now positioned upside down. This is followed by “dégorgement” (disgorging or elimination of the lees). The sparkling wine is then corked and left to rest in the bottle for a few months before being released for sale.

Ageing: at least 36 months in the bottle, on its own yeasts. No added sugar

Sensorial overview: bright straw yellow with a fine, persistent perlage; scents of crusty bread and acacia blossom; elegant, fresh with good acidity

Serving temperature: 6-8 °C

Pairing: pre-dinner drinks, starters, risotto and pasta dishes, fish, vegetables or white meats, shellfish and raw fish

Our recommendation: bread, butter and anchovies

When to drink it: a romantic dinner