news from Chiara Boschis
There has been a bit going on at Barolo’s E.Pira lately. This is an estate that we like to refer to as Chiara Boschis E.Pira as we feel that Chiara’s impact on one of Barolo’s historical estates deserves co-naming.
Following the sale of her family’s Borgogno winery, she has recently been joined by her brother Giorgio, and together, they have acquired new vineyards in some of the regions most prized crus. In 2009, Chiara purchased part of the Conterni vineyard in Monforte, which came with old vines of Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo that Chiara will be replanting, parcel by parcel, over the next few years. A recent re-drawing of some of the Barolo boundaries has also resulted in Conterni being re-classified as Mosconi. Chiara’s first vintage of Nebbiolo from this estate was 2009 and she chose to release it as Langhe Nebbiolo rather than Barolo. Langhe Nebbiolo by name (and price!), baby Barolo by structure. The first few cases went to my cellar, and there are a few left.
But it gets better…..with Giorgio on board, this sister-brother team have secured parcels of Liste (Barolo), Ravera (Monforte) and Gabutti (Serralunga), with plans to mature the wine in botti as a multi vineyard blend. This is a return to tradition in more ways than one, as blending from several vineyards, and/or communes, was once the norm in Barolo. Click here to read the blog from David Berry Green, Chiara’s UK importer and Barolo resident (yes, I’m more than a little jealous) and listen to Chiara explain the philosophy behind the botti and the new vineyards.