In a nutshell: A classic full flavoured and aromatic Piedmontese Nebbiolo.
The lowdown: Along with its neighbour Barolo, Barbaresco has a wonderful pale, transparent colour that belies the intense aromatics and full flavoured palate. There are complex flavours of plum, spice, liquorice, leather and violets which mingle and evolve in the mouth. Anf it has a supreme balance of structured power and floral elegance. There is no other grape like Nebbiolo and Michele Chiarlo's Barbaresco from the Reyna vineyard in the picturesque rolling Piedmont hills is a great example.
When to drink: The silky texture and sheer elegance of this pairs really well with feathered game like partridge or pheasant or well hung fillet steak. Avoid overly rich suaces.
Certainly one of Piedmont's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyard in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi and have access to a further 50 hectares through long-term relationships with their growers.
Michele has insisted on total quality since his first vintage in 1956, an ethos which his sons Stefano and Alberto adopt today. The Chiarlo style is highly elegant, they make complex wines that can age for decades but above all reflect their provenance - some of the finest vineyard sites in Piedmont.