Aged Nebbiolo Value:
2007 Cantalupo Ghemme Collis Breclemae

Posted by Joe Salamone

Northern Piedmont has ​​established itself as​ one of the greatest regions for value in the wine world.

Today's offer drives this point home.

It's difficult to imagine a wine that delivers both the fascination of aged notes and the food friendly, gulpable freshness for this price. When you think about what the current vintage of Barolo goes for, the value comes into clear focus.

For many years, Cantalupo has been the standard-bearer for Ghemme, an area north of Barolo and Barbaresco. Cantalupo has long followed traditional methods. You can find old bottles, including ones from the 70s, that show how well the wines age.

Along with Gattinara, Ghemme produces the most powerful wines of northern Piedmont. Of course, this is relative. When you compare Ghemme to its brethren in Barolo and Barbaresco, the wine's fascinating nervosity and delicacy stand out.

The 2007 vintage in Piedmont gave areas like Ghemme an extra dose of power and depth that nicely complemented the wines' energy and brightness. The 2007 Breclemae is animated by both a stony and brisk spine and surprising muscle that carries with it a staggering complexity. There's spice, game, dried rose petals, dark cherry fruit, tar, leather and tobacco.

In December, we did an offering for Cantalupo's Colline Novaresi Agamium. It blew up. While this is a different price point, it's also a much higher caliber of wine and we have a lot less of it. We expect this to sell out quickly. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2007 Cantalupo Ghemme Collis Breclemae


Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2007 Ghemme Collis Breclamae shows the deeper, slightly wilder side of Ghemme. Game, smoke, licorice, cedar and tobacco are expressed with elements of burliness and rusticity. There is more than enough depth to fill out the wine's broad shoulders. Still, what comes through most is the wine's virile, imposing personality."