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Sottimano - Barbaresco DOCG - Pajoré - Rouge - 2018


Country / Region: Italy

Vintage: 2018

Name: Barbaresco DOCG

Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo

Alcohol: 14.5 vol.

Color: Red

Capacity: 75 cl


Wine rated 94+/100 by our Committee!
Robert Parker: 94/100


Reflecting all the genius of its maturation, the 2018 Red Barbaresco Pajoré is a deep wine made from vines around 60 years old, the highest in Barbaresco at 420 meters, a terroir renowned for its earliness, freshness, and elegance. The very delicate, pure nose opens with floral notes of peony and rose, accompanied by small red berries, spices, and licorice. On the palate, the wine's fresh fruitiness is sheathed in delicate tannins, with the beautiful minerality of this terroir of limestone mixed with clay. Sumptuous aging in François Frères barrels preserves the wine's brilliance and finesse. Appreciated for its subtlety and innate freshness in an unclouded Burgundian style, this wine is accessible in its youth yet offers great aging potential until at least 2030. Rated 95/100 by the Comité.


Hand harvested, indigenous yeasts. Fermentation and maceration on skins for 25 days. Malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aged 24 months in French oak barrels (15% new). Unfined, unfiltered wine.


Medium-bright garnet.


Delicate and pure, with floral notes of peonies and roses, small red berries accented by hints of spice and licorice.


Fresh, ripe fruit on the palate, with silky tannins blending perfectly with the mineral structure. At an altitude of around 420m, these old vines deliver a lively, pleasant freshness, and we succumb to their unrivalled finesse.


Serve between 16 and 18°C.

Food and wine pairing:

Duck leg confit, fillet of beef with black pepper, osso bucco, roast pigeon with thyme and rosemary, white truffle risotto.

Cellar aging:

From now until 2030

Guided by an unwavering quest for excellence, Andrea Sottimano produces wines of masterful finesse in Piedmont that are capable of standing the test of time. These providential red wines, full-bodied and sincere, reveal the character of the finest Italian wines, especially those from Barbaresco.

Andrea Sottimano admits that he doesn't speak French very well, but he does speak fluent Burgundian! 

In his Barbaresco wines, he expresses with talent this ultimate research to accompany his Nebbiolo to offer him the brightness, the fineness of fruit and the energy which characterize the greatest wines of Burgundy which he cherishes so much!