Behind this wine there are very ancient legends and stories. It is around 1800 that Barolo begins its journey towards glory. From a testimony that dates back to 1751, we understand that Barolo was a totally different wine from the one it is known today and into which it became a few years later: the future President of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson, after drinking it , in his diaries he writes: “almost as sweet as Bordeaux and lively as Champagne”. If amabile passes for what it indicates today in terms of wine, we must even imagine that it approached the sweet taste, so at the time Barolo was sweet and sparkling. But shortly thereafter, the story changed. At the time, the tables of nobles, as well as kings, were bathed in great French wines. Burgundy and Bordeaux were the most exclusive choices, so much so that in Europe they began to imitate their cultivation model to improve the quality of the products. To mark the royal destiny of Barolo was a marriage wanted by Napoleon Bonaparte, the one between the Marquis Carlo Tancredi Falletti of Barolo and Juliette Colbert. The Marquis brought the land and the Countess put her idea and stubbornness into it. Around 1843 the friendship between the lady and Camillo Benso di Cavour was so strong that even the politician in his lands had begun a work of renewal: legend has it that he called the then well-known winemaker Louise Oudart entrusting him with the production of his wines . When she tasted her, the Marchesa Falletti di Barolo was so fascinated that she asked Cavour for the intervention of her winemaker for her wines as well. Oudart introduced the French technologies that led Barolo from sweet wine to great dry wine. The fact is that this transformation is really confirmed by history and it will be this that will make Barolo the wine of choice for kings: the courts asked for and drank this Italian wine to replace the French, Barolo which soon became the king of wines.
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