The Muscat wine
and much more in Castagnole Lanze
Discover how good Moscato wine is after having ignored it for many years: this is my sincere confession!
I’ll start with a brief description of the sweet Muscat Wine, known in France as Muscat, which derives from musquè which means aromatic. It is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in Italy and has had long periods of glory and recognition. Famous in Piedmont Asti spumante, for many years synonymous with celebration and joy. In Piedmont it is one of the most widely cultivated grape varieties, especially in the provinces of Asti, Alessandria and Cuneo: Castagnole Lanze is right at the crossroads of these provinces.
A day of work like any other that brings me to someone I’ve known almost since the beginning of SlowDays and with whom I always gladly collaborate. I’m talking about Paola Doglia and the winery based in Castagnole Lanze, on the top of a high hill that acts as a lookout between Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. I am here to accompany Ilaria who contacted me for an editorial project whose secrets I do not want to reveal!
Visit and tasting in the cellar: one of our most requested experiences
So I choose to visit Paola and enjoy a visit and tasting the wines of the Doglia winery. The visit starts from the vineyard and with Paola’s enthusiasm we retrace the various phases of the work in the vineyard. She makes it seem like a convivial, familiar moment but hides a lot of competence, experience and above all love. The vineyards seem part of the family.
Afterwards we go to the winery and enter the world of Gianni. “Gianni wanted to try … Gianni preferred to make wine like this … Gianni wants to make the best moscato in the world!“. You can understand that Paola and her brother Gianni are in tune and live the cellar, the family, the vineyard as one life project.
I listen and I am impressed by Paola’s words and enthusiasm. Yes, but that doesn’t take away the fact that in a corner of my head there is a little voice that says: all is well, all wines to taste and of which I am intrigued but I don’t find Moscato interesting. I have tasted it a few times and in the end it is a sweet wine, with not much soul and that is not part of my tastes!
Let’s taste an excellent Grignolino, which, another confession, is a wine I appreciate very much. It has a cheerful color, not dark red. They say it is the darkest of rosé wines and the lightest of red wines. A nice and bizarre wine (connoisseurs are horrified at this description, I know!).
Paola explained me that this slightly harsh sensation she leaves in the mouth is due to the tannin. Well, then I really like the tannin 🙂
Afterwards we try two Barbera or Barbere. One more drinkable and one more structured. Both very good. Gianni’s figure hovers in every bottle.
The Ruché is great, too. A native wine of Monferrato that has been recovered in recent years, thanks to the foresight of some winemakers who did not want to follow the trends. But they have decided to follow tradition and make this characteristic wine of Monferrato. A Mr. wine. Very pleasant even if important and full-bodied.
The symphony of scents, colours and flavours has accompanied me so far. I am increasingly convinced that Gianni knows what he is doing and that then the famous Moscato could also be a surprise.
The mint that smells Moscato
Let’s discover the Muscat Wine
Paola tells us about this fragrant wine. The roots of the vines are accompanied by the mint plants that grow close to the rows of vines. And the Muscat Wine that she serves me in the glass reminds me of the scent of mint. But it is also very flowery. The bubbles are a tickle for the palate. The taste is a wonderful surprise! Sweet but absolutely not cloying. It immediately comes to mind that it would go very well with a cheese such as Castelmagno or with a blue cheese with a strong flavor.
A perfect conclusion to this tasting. Of course, I brought home a few bottles. Including the Moscato! But the good one, because every wine must be produced accurately in all its phases. And so the result is excellent.
Meanwhile Gianni came by to say hello. He and Paola, the third generation that carries on with pride and competence the dream of grandfather Genio.
The day is over for me. Another piece of my wonderful research work that brings me to know every day a new piece of the puzzle of this territory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And space between the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato to get to know and appreciate the products, the places and the people that make this area so special.
I greet you and I hope to have convinced you to taste a good glass of Moscato, good!