Borgo Maragliano

Borgo Maragliano BubblesBorgo Maragliano produces elegant, classic-method bubbles, which are delicious for special occasions or simply because it’s a lovely day. Located in Piedmont, near Asti, Italy, the estate comprises 110 acres of vineyards about 1,500 feet above sea level. This low altitude, combined with sea wind and the vineyards’ sandy-clay soil, creates a wonderful environment for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes. We recently tasted three sparklers: Borgo Maragliano 2020 Francesco Galliano Blanc de Blancs Brut Alta Langa DOCG; 2020 Giovanni Galliano Brut Rosé Alta Langa DOCG; and 2018 Dogma Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature VS.Q. 2018.

Borgo Maragliano Story

Borgo Maragliano vineyards Borgo Maragliano owner and winemaker Carlo Galliano is the first to produce classic-method bubbles in the Piedmont area. In other words, he created the Italian traditional method of sparkling wines. As a result, Borgo Maragliano is considered one of the most established producers of sparkling wine in the region.

The Galliano family has been growing grapes for generations, on land in Loazzolo bought in 1850  by founder Giovanni Galliano. (Loazzolo is in the province of Asti, in Piedmont, in an area known as the Alta Langa.) Years later, Carlo’s father Giuseppe grew grapes to make wine for families and neighbors, and sold the remainder to the big estates. Subsequently, in the 1980s, Carlo launched the Borgo Maragliano brand.

Sign and VineyardsCarlo and his wife Silvia manage the estate, but their entire family works at the winery. Therefore, Carlo names many of his sparkling wines after them, underlining the importance of family. They all combine a great respect for the traditions of the vineyards with modern vinification techniques as well as new and efficient equipment.

In addition, the Marin, an onshore wind, comes across the vineyards’ sandy-clay soil, favoring the maturation of the grapes, and enhancing their aromas and fragrances. Since the soil is free from clay, Carlo says he can produce wines with considerable aging potential.

The estate consists of close to a dozen vineyards, between 35 and 65 years old. Today, Borgo Maragliano produces about 350,000 bottles annually. We tasted three of them, including their “cornerstones,” Blanc de Blancs and Brut Rosé, and the Dogma, considered “tops.”

Francesco Galliano Blanc de Blancs Brut Alta Langa DOCG 2020 ($52)

Borgo Maragliano Blanc de BlancsBlanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay fermented in stainless steel tanks, and named after Carlo and Silvia’s second son, Francesco. We appreciated the beautiful aromatics of citrus, herbs, almonds and honey. On the palate, we found apples, citrus and a thread of minerality in the very fine bubbles. This is so full of flavor, harmony and substance, you can enjoy it as an apéritif. We poured it with cheeses, almonds and charcuterie. But it also complements seafood, including shellfish, sushi or smoked salmon.

Giovanni Galliano Brut Rosé Alta Langa DOCG 2020 ($59)

Brut RoseDelicate and elegant, this pale pink, pretty rosé sparkler is 100% Pinot Noir fermented in stainless steel tanks, and named after Carlo and Silvia’s eldest son, Giovanni. Creamy yet fresh and fruity, it makes us think of raspberries and ice cream, pomegranates, and strawberries, with hints of blackberries, spices, almonds, biscuits, and subtle licorice and savory notes. Like the Blanc de Blancs, you can enjoy it as an apéritif. We served it with a charcuterie plate, however this rosé also pairs well with fish dishes and chicken.

Dogma Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature VS.Q. 2018 ($72)

Borgo Maragliano Blanc de NoirsSimilar to the Brut Rosé, Carlo fermented this 100% Pinot Noir in stainless steel tanks. He considers this one of their finest-quality sparkling wines. “An elegantly balanced, rich, full palate with a foam that envelops despite the fact that this is a Brut Nature sparkling wine. An explosive finish with a vinous vein elevates it without question to the status of Auteur Wine.” Aromas of musk, sourdough, vanilla, peaches and citrus lead into flavors of more citrus, berries, minerality and a touch of salinity on the lingering finish. We loved it. Dogma is perfect for toasting any special occasion.

Summary: Borgo Maragliano Bubbles

In conclusion, Borgo Maragliano owner and winemaker Carlo Galliano created the Italian traditional method of sparkling wines and is considered one of the most established producers of sparkling wine in Piedmont. The three we tasted represent an array of aromas and flavors that will enhance any meal. Certainly, we recommend raising a glass of Borgo Maragliano bubbles at any celebration.

Thank you, Studio Cru, for the samples.

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Cheers!
Margot and Dave