Piedmontese spirits on the podium at “The International Wine & Spirit Competition”
“Balanced and incredibly charming, floral as well as earthly – that balance of bitterness and honeyed sweetness is excellent. Rhubarb, red currant and honey, structured and well made. “With these words, the British tasters of the IWSC Competition awarded the Bitter Mazzetti, the” Piedmontese “aperitif based on a recipe by Mazzetti d’Altavilla that won the Gold Medal at the 2022 edition of “The International Wine & Spirit Competition”.
At the competition across the Channel, the historic grappery based at the top of the Altavilla Monferrato hill had an en-plein of triumphs, bringing three medals out of three candidate spirits to Monferrato (more than 4,000 products entered in the competition, coming from over 90 countries of the world).
In addition to the “Gold” for the Bitter – revived for some years with a suggestion of consumption in purity or in blending for the classic Negroni, the Americano or for an unreleased Spritz – the IWSC awarded the Amaro with the silver badge Gentile Mazzetti for his “strong aroma of broom, hazelnut … chocolate and some subtle bitter notes on the finish”. A digestive whose demand has grown considerably in a few years also due to its curious versatility, capable of transforming it into an original aperitif or a substitute ingredient for vermouth in the preparation of Negroni. Last but not least … the medal for the 7.0 – Grappa di Ruchè Barricata 100% Cru: a grappa capable of convincing the English market could not be missing and the 7.0 turned out to be the right one, showing itself “soft on the palate with delicious grape flavors and a fascinating spicy finish of hazelnut “.
“With 7.0 – is the comment of Chiara, Silvia and Elisa Belvedere Mazzetti, alias the new generation Mazzetti – Monferrato is also exported, making one of the most peculiar vines of this land known to a public perhaps more accustomed to other spirits … a medal which takes on an even more important value in our path of continuous promotion of territoriality which in the course of 2022 will see new stages reach with the birth of an unprecedented “Cru” reserve grappa. The latter will be a distillate capable of enhancing the inimitable sensory notes coming from the pomace of a characteristic vine of Monferrato grown in its oldest vineyard. “