Cantina Giardino x Cantillon, Drogone Lambic
An extremely special bottle we are so excited to stock. Beer royalty Jean Van Roy of Brasserie Cantillon collaborate with Antonio and Daniela of Cantina Giardino. The Drogone Lambic is a three year old Lambic from Cantillon, infused with three hundred grams per litre of Aglianico pomace leftover from the maceration of their Drogone. A young Lambic is added for the second fermentation. A vivid shade of ruby in the glass, this is incredibly vinous, with a cascade of sour, bitter and earthy notes offering refreshment and complexity.
Place: Irpinia, Campania
Colour: Red (Sour beer)
Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon is a small Belgian traditional family brewery based in Anderlecht, Brussels. Cantillon was founded in 1900 and brews exclusively lambic beers.
Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola seek out old vineyards in Irpinia, high in the hills of Campania. They champion and preserve the region’s native varietals, old vines and an age old way of tending them.
The vines are set at altitude and are planted over the region’s vibrant volcanic soils. Vineyard work is done by hand, organically and a combination of great farming and low yields results in healthy, characterful fruit. In the cantina, Antonio takes a no-nonsense approach with the intention of letting this terroir express itself in full. The grapes ferment naturally without temperature control and fermentation can continue for months.
Wines are raised in a combination of terracotta amphorae and large casks made from local woods and bottled unfiltered, with no additions at all. The resulting wines are singular, vivid expressions of grape and place.