The majestic Barolos of M. Marengo

The majestic Barolos of M. Marengo

Piedmont’s finest from R450

Established in 1899 in La Morra, Piedmont, family-run ‘Marengo’s Barolos are consistently outstanding,’ wrote Antonio Galloni when tasting their 2018s. With only six hectares under vine and a quiet cult following, their wines have become hard to find, with Jancis Robinson recently noting that they are ‘moving into the investment class’.

Barolo is ‘one of the world’s great red wines’, says Decanter, and is often compared to Grand Cru Burgundy, at more accessible prices. Their 2020 Nebbiolo d’Alba is ‘truer and more satisfying than many a Barolo’ (JR), and the ‘classy and polished’ (Vinous) and ‘luminous’ (WA) 2018 Barolo is a great introduction to Marengo’s Barolos.

The family have owned land in two of the most famous Barolo crus, Bricco delle Viole and Brunate, over five generations. Both offer massive drive, verve and towering tannins. Bricco delle Viole makes for weightless, ethereal wines, whilst Brunate is often powerful, fragrant and darker fruited.

The majestic Barolos of M. Marengo

The Brunate vineyard is arguably Barolo’s finest cru. The Marengos have owned land in this vineyard since 1903, with the second plot planted in 1942, and the average vine age is 80 years old. ‘It is widely acknowledged that Marco & Eugenia Marengo own some of the finest vineyard within the Brunate cru in the commune of La Morra,’ explains Jancis Robinson.

Stefano Marengo follows in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Mario and Marco Marengo, and makes considered, finely layered wines. We’ve been importing their wines for more than a decade and continue to be amazed at the deft touch and ever-increasing quality from this tiny producer.

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