The taste of Brachetto
Brachetto is mostly known for being a sweet-tasting wine and is available both as a red wine and as a rosé. Irrespective of whether it is produced as a rosso or a rosato, as well as cultivation in the permitted region Brachetto must also meet other formal requirements. The most important one is that it must consist of at least 97% wine vinified from Brachetto. Accordingly, a maximum of 3% of other grape varieties may be added. The other blending grapes must also be exclusively from the region around Piedmont.
Brachetto is available in a number of styles. On the one hand it can be purchased as a still wine. However, it is mostly produced as single-varietal red or rosé spumantis with a pronounced fizz. Brachetto is also used to make dessert wines too. Typical aromas are, for example, nutmeg, roses and violets, often with light overtones of strawberry. It therefore has a predominantly floral fruity taste profile, and is also said to possess a slight aroma of musk.
What is the best way to enjoy Brachetto?
All wines differ as to how their aromas best unfold. Often apparently trivial things can affect the aroma, such as the temperature at which it is drunk. An authentic Brachetto should be drunk at a temperature of 8 to 10 degrees Celsius
. Above all, it is important to ensure that it is not kept very long as Brachetto should be drunk young
soon after release so that it retains its fizz.
This spritzy sweet wine can be enjoyed in many ways. Brachetto is most often offered as a passito wine with dessert, but a Brachetto d'Acqui also makes an excellent pre-dinner glass of bubbly. If you fancy experimenting to extend the wine’s original flavour, you can also mix it with a fruit juice.
A special treat for lovers of sweet wines
If you tend to prefer your wines on the sweet side, a Brachetto might be just the ticket for you. As it is matured in stainless steel tanks, none of its precious aromas are lost. The fermentation process is interrupted at an early stage, when the alcohol content is around 5% to 6%, to preserve a bit more of the grape’s sugar. This produces the typical fruity sweet flavour.