Situated between the municipal districts of La Morra and Barolo, Cerequio is considered one the most prestigious crus of Barolo. Formed like an amphitheater, the Cerequio vineyard is protected from the wind and is called the “Riviera of the Langhe” due to its mild climate. The soils, exposure and microclimate come together to create exceptional Barolos. Michele Chiarlo manages 22 acres of the vineyard. The soil is Tortonian and Helvetian-era calcareous marl that has a bluish color due to the high content of magnesium and manganese. The vines are thinned of excess bunches at the end of summer, leaving 5-6 bunches per vine on average. Hand harvested grapes are fermented on the skins in oak vats and then aged for two years in average sized oak casks before refinement in the bottle.

96 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2016 vintage
96 Points
Wine Advocate
2016 vintage
Tasting Note

Ruby and garnet red in color, this structured and elegant wine offers notes of mature fruits, mint, eucalyptus, and fine spices with fine tannins.

Food Pairing

Mushroom pasta, roasted meat and game, mature cheese

Technical Data
APPELLATION: Barolo
Unique Selling Points
  • Produced only in excellent vintages with very limited quantities
  • Cerequio is one the most prestigious crus of Barolo
  • The Cerequio vineyard is considered to be one of the top three vineyards in Barolo
  • Very low yield, hand harvested with summer thinning of excess bunches

Vineyard Details

Cerequio
Michele Chiarlo owns the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, a 3-hectare vineyard planted in 1972. Soils are calcareous Sant’Agata marl with poor organic content but rich in microelements such as magnesium and manganese. South-southwest exposure promotes ripening and the vineyard elevation is 320 meters.

About the Grape

Nebbiolo
Young Nebbiolo can be tough, acidic and tannic; but mature, its blackberry and wild cherry flavors and aromas develop complex and sublime violet, rose petal, truffle and tar notes.
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