Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Claré J.C. 2015
Denominazione di Origine Controllata
"The description of Nebbiolo given by Thomas Jefferson in 1787, set us on a journey to dig in the days pre-Juliette Colbert ... What we found was fascinating: from the letters by Anna Riccardi Candiani to Renato Ratti, from Gian Battista Croce, the royal jeweler from the House of Savoy, to Father De Fanti, friar in Cherasco, and many "winemaking protocols" for Nebbiolo. Here we noticed the preference for light-colored, sparkling and sweet wines at the time. We discovered a new world…" (Giuseppe Vaira)
Produced with grapes from the younger vines of Nebbiolo, JC Claré reminds us of the true and forgotten history era of the piedmontese Nebbiolo, when from 16th century until the early 1950's, it still was vinified and enjoyed in its lightest and fresh garment.
VINEYARDS AND TERROIR:
A range of vineyards starting in Barolo, opening up to Novello and reaching out to Bricco Bertone in Sinio.
Vajra has always believed in sustainable agriculture and natural grassing of the vineyards. No irrigation is used and the thinning-out of the vines is decided according to each individual vintage.
The preceding winter was heavy with snowfall followed by a mild spring, but a very hot summer. As a result the growing season and ripening of the grapes was earlier than in other years. The vintage characterized by strong hailstorms very early (the first already on May 8) that significantly reduced yields. All this has led to attend one of the best vintages of the last years. In 2015 Nebbiolo has arrived at perfect maturity, slightly early compared to the average of recent years, but the excellent weather conditions enabled a significant accumulation of polyphenols, allowing us to assist one of the best vintages of the last years.
HARVEST AND WINEMAKING:
The harvest of Nebbiolo for the Claré JC 2015 started on September 25th. The manual selection, as well as transportation in small crates, helped to keep the fruits intact and bring beautiful clusters to the cellar. Less than a week of fermentation and a small part of whole cluster fermentation.
Steel tanks and bottling in the spring following the harvest, help to preserve the unique freshness of this wine.
Light ruby color, slightly sparkling and very fresh, eye-catching. Spices and red fruits and a vibrant minerality, the JC is to be consumed fresh and a versatile wine: to be drunk in summer time and an ideal companion for cold cuts and lightly fried foods. An unprecedented expression of Nebbiolo with which one will be able to surprise even the most skeptical friends!
- The name "Claré JC" encloses the exegesis of this wine: Claré indicates the old winemaking style: lighter and gently sparkling; J. is the tribute to Jefferson (author of the first note we found on the Nebbiolo in the 17th century) and C. for Darrell Corti of Corti Bros, the most humble and most incredible connoisseur of food and wine. Darrell has been a pioneer in Piedmont, many years ago, when he discovered the sparkling and semi-sweet Nebbiolo (one of the last before the decline) with which he celebrated his graduation in the 1950's. To him our gratitude for the strong encouragement and support." (Giuseppe Vaira)
- The new label was defined in 2016. On the market you will find some bottles with the first, pilot label, used only on vintage 2014 and partly on 2015.
- 2014 was the first vintage produced. Slightly tannic and full colored, it was our first "reasoned test” of winemaking. We followed the protocols of the past.