January 2017

THE CELLAR

 

The cellars of Del Cambio are even older than their premises. They date back to the seventeenth century, and not only do they represent the material, but somehow the “spiritual” foundations of the restaurant. This special vault provides the perfect temperature and humidity condition for a treasure of more than 16,000 precious bottles of more than 1,700 labels representing the most renowned winemakers. Special attention is paid to niche producers, which are highly regarded by connoisseurs. From Champagne to the very exclusive Burgundy wines, from the reds of Tuscany to the historical Marsala: all the great families are represented. Still, the region of Piemonte obviously keeps the starring role. Scrolling down the list, it looks almost like a Book of Hours for wine enthusiasts.

 

Fresh and refined the Champagnes, with 160 labels to experience, are the pleasure seeker’s mark. Among the reds, there is an outstanding selection of Barolo and Barbaresco, that include rare labels from Giuseppe Mascarello, Conterno and Bruno Giacosa. Alongside the noble varieties of northern Piedmont - Lessona, Ghemme and Gattinara – we find wines that preserve an authentic charm. Other great Italian wine selections include the best Brunello di Montalcino – Biondi - Santi, Gianfranco Soldera, Poggio di Sotto – the most representative Supertuscan, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Masseto and the generous Amarone – Quintarelli e Dal Forno – the sapid and long-lasting whites from the Terlano cellars.

 

In the premium wines vault, lie the immortal Riesling of the Rhine and the prestigious French wines, for what can be considered the true nobility in the enology world, such as Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, Prieuré-Roch, Comtes Lafon, Dugat-Py. Burgundy is represented by the Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Haut Brion, Margaux, not to forget the reds from the Rhein with the Hermitage. The collection of Chateau d’Yquem wines is impressive, amounting to thirty years’ production. To honor the glorious past of the restaurant, the ancient aristocracy of wine should not be missed–the great dessert wines that date back to the eighteenth century: Port, Madeira, Sherry, Marsala.

 

BY LOY BERNAL CARLOS

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