The Ancient Romans used the word ‘Pagus’ to identify a rural area that was of special agricultural value. This is still true today of Pagus Camilla, part of the vineyard called Le Sondraie, which lies near a natural oasis of the same name. Here, alluvial sediments with elevated mineral content yield a ‘rare’ 100% Vermentino with intense citrus and herbal aromas, delightfully reminiscent of Mediterranean fragrances, enhanced by the proximity of the sea.
Harvested in the cooler hours in early morning, this 100% Vermentino is vinified in contact with the skins until ‘the cap of the marc is raised’, that is, until alcoholic fermentation is in full swing. After the separation of the must from the skins, fermentation continues at low temperatures. The wine is refined for 10 months in steel on the lees with batonnage and aged for at least 6 months in the bottle.
The wine proffers intense Mediterranean aromas, expressing a textured combination of aromatic herbs and citrus notes. The palate exhibits pristine, pure Vermentino, characterized by a satisfying savouriness, minerality and a structure that promises great longevity.
Pagus Camilla is the ideal accompaniment to both sea and lake fish, and is excellent with prestigious raw fish dishes, Livorno-style mullet, Lake Garda sardines and various refined tempura specialities. It pairs perfectly at the end of a meal with Doppia Panna soft cheeses and Tuscan Pecorino. Serve at 8-10°C and uncork just before drinking.