Eugenio Collavini, Broy 2018 Collio

17.5

Full bottle 1,638 g. A blend they started making in 2003. Friulano, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. They chose these three grapes because the Friulano gives the wine its regional typicality (the heart of the wine); the Chardonnay in Luigi Collavini’s opinion is the best white wine grape in the world (‘forgive me’) and is the nobility, class and elegance in the wine; the Sauvignon is the colour: ‘at the end you get this burst of tropicals and colours, turning a black-and-white wine into a colourful wine’. From 2003 to 2008 they were making a much fatter, buttery wine. So they got rid of the barriques. Unfiltered. They want a clear transmission of what Collio is capable of. But they then did a long study with a barrel company and from this vintage they’ve started using barrel again. 100% new barrel for fermentation and three months’ ageing for the Chardonnay and Friulano.
Deep lemon gold. Smells magnificent. Passion fruit and baked cream. The oak traces a deeply curved hull of spice but stays, throughout, in the background – holding the wine in an almost invisible framework. Ripe golden pears with soft grainy skin, white pepper, dried dill and crushed almonds. Almond and almond blossom. A quartet of cello, violin, viola; every long note a vibrating string. A beautiful wine with seductive layers and textures, but Collavini need to urgently reduce their bottle weights. Let the wine speak for itself – there is no need for planet-damaging heavy glass bottles to be ambassadors for great wine. (TC)

Producer
Eugenio Collavini
Cuvée
Broy
Appellation
Collio
Country
Colour
White
Alcohol
13.5%
Score
17.5
When to drink
2022
2028
Published on
4 May 2022
Date tasted
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