On November 14, 2020 rare vintages and big format coming straight from Emidio Pepe library cellar will be auctioned by the renowned American auction house Zachys.
Auction will be live from NY and streamed simultaneously worldwide and bidders can connect and bid from the whole world.
It’s quite an exciting time for both the Pepe family and Zachys for partnering up again and sharing to the clients some of the most iconic vintages the estate has ever produced.
Vintages like 1993, 1998, 1979 are no longer on the market for almost a decade now and they are going to be offered again for this exclusive opportunity.
Pulsing hearth of this auction is a special format Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 1985 in 4.5 Lt.
The Rehoboam in this specific vintage had been released by Emidio in mid 90’s for a special client and never released after.
To make the experience even more special, the lot of one of those large formats also includes a weekend in Abruzzo with renowned cookbook author and chef Mimi Thorisson, who loves so much Abruzzo and will host a cooking and tasting workshop at Casa Pepe together with the lucky winners of the lot, in order to to give them the chance of seeing where those bottles come from, meet who has made them and understand deeply the philosophy behind.
For the first time as well - a single vineyard release of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015, Selezione Vecchie Vigne.
The three bottlings - which have always been vinified separately and always provided the most refined and virtuous Montepulciano for the long aging - are now proposed for sale.
All the different plots at Pepe are vinified separately and at the moment of the bottling, the older plots go into the aging cellar and not touched for long time, meanwhile the other younger plots are blended in order to make the current release Montepulciano to be sold in the local market. The older plots, vinified and bottled separately are then released consequently in order of drinkability and future aging potential. The members of the family taste regularly in order to decide which bottling would be released earlier than others and in which order they would make their appearance into the market.
It could take years in between the first release of one bottling and the next one.
Normally the plots showing more fruit and delicacy would be released earlier and keep the tighter, denser and more profound ones in the cellar, as history and experience teaches them that those are the ones that would go the farer.
This time, for the first time ever, we thought how cool it could be to release the different bottlings at the same time and let people experience the differences in between them and understand the thought process of releasing that sit in whitin family tradition - and after the tasting people could decide which to enjoy sooner and which to forget in the cellar.
The three plots: Casa Pepe (planted in 1974), Branella (1971) and Daniela (2004) show very different characteristics. Multilayered profoundness for the fist one, elegance and refinement for the second, density and tightness for the third one.
Probably the most prestigious bottle of the whole auction is the opening lot of the Pepe consignment - a double Magnum of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 1975.
You can find the catalogue and the official press release below