Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2018

Michele Chiarlo

Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2018

Region: Italy / Piedmont / Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo

100% Nebbiolo from vineyards of Barbaresco and Vezza d’Alba in the hillsides of Roero area. The soil is made up of bluish-grey, sand-rich, clayey calcareous marl; it is a soil poor in organic substances but with a considerable percentage of manganese and potassium. Highly evident is its typicality, characterized by varietal flavours and by the influence of the Roero terroir. Il Principe is a Nebbiolo that has been left to refine in large vats for a year; its organoleptic characteristics are extraordinarily classical. It is a noble wine of excellent character and pleasantness, suited to medium ageing.

90 Points

Wine Advocate

2018 vintage
90 Points

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2018 vintage
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harvest note

Winter began with mild temperatures and low rainfall, conditions which continued into December and January; only in the second half of February was there a sharp drop in temperatures that reached 14°F with heavy snowfall. March, April and May were marked by abundant rainfall, by the end of the agricultural year, the total rainfall had exceeded 37". As far as the red grapes were concerned, the number of Nebbiolo clusters were normal. Starting in mid June, the climate was warm with scarce rainfall and with maximum temperatures reaching 95°F in the beginning of August. But the abundant water reserve in the soil allowed for the regular continuation of vegetation. End of August through the first half of September, we were fortunate and had particularly cool nights that allowed the development of intense and delicate aromas. The harvest took place during normal time, if not slightly ahead of schedule, with perfectly healthy and ripe grapes.

tasting note

Garnet red of medium intensity with brilliant reflections. Intense of good complexity and great elegance, hints of small black fruits, plums and violet. Pleasant impact, ample and balanced with silky tannins; highly pleasing and long lasting.

food pairing

Pairs well with pasta with ragù sauce, turkey and medium aged cheeses.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
APPELLATION: Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
PH: 3.6
ACIDITY: 5.50 g/L
ABV: 14.02%
AGING: Refinement: 12 months minimum, in steel, wood and bottle.

points of distinction

  • 100% Nebbiolo from vineyards of Barbaresco and Vezza d’Alba in the hillsides of Roero area
  • Manual harvest, preceded by summer thinning of excess bunches for increased concentration
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“My aim has always been but one: quality.”

– Michele Chiarlo, Winemaker

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