2017 Coppo Barbera d’Asti Camp du Rouss
2017 Coppo Barbera d’Asti Camp du Rouss is one of the most famous wines from the Piedmont region of north-western Italy. It became a DOC in 1970 and was upgraded to its DOCG classification in 2008, adding to Piedmont’s impressive haul of DOCG titles (the highest level of Italian wine classification).
Softer and more approachable in its youth than the Nebbiolo used to make Piedmont’s most prestigious wines, Barbera is a firm favorite among winemakers and consumers. It is also the region’s most widely planted red-wine variety.
At its best it is a rich, tangy, medium- to full-bodied wine characterized by an intense ruby-red color which graduates towards garnet red with age. Though the variety is not often noted for its affinity with new oak, some more hedonistic examples have been made to considerable acclaim.
Coppo is an Italian wine producer located in the city of Canelli in Piedmont. The estate’s 18th century underground wine cellars extend deep into the Canelli hillside, and are recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site. These ‘underground cathedrals’ are home to the estate’s diverse portfolio of northern Italian varieties from Piedmont’s top wine regions.
The majority of wine produced at Coppo is more value-driven, and includes Barbera, Metodo Classico sparkling wines, Chardonnay and Moscato d’Asti. However, the winery also produces some classic DOCG wines, ncluding Gavi and Barolo. Coppo’s vineyards cover around 52 hectares (129 acres) of land, mostly in southern Piedmont in Monferrato where Moscato Bianco and Pinot Nero are cultivated to produce the estate’s sparkling Metodo Classico Riserva Coppo.