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Roagna Barbaresco Paje 2015



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  • From vines up to 50 years old
  • A sublime, traditional expression of this cru
  • Limited to 10,000 bottles per vintage

The name Pajé is derived from the local dialect, which historically were used to name each parcel of land. Pajé is one of the historic vineyards of the village of Barbaresco and it located in the center of the area planted to vines.

Pajé is particularly rich in calcareous marl soil with a high content of active limestone.

The vineyard covers a total of 1.83 Ha (4.52 Acres) with unique soil and microclimate.

The amphitheater of Pajé opens onto the Tanaro river valley which mitigates the cold winters and hot summers. Pajé is a small strip of land facing South West.

The vines for this wine are between 25 and 50 years of age and today the average ages of the vines is over forty years old. The roots are sourced by used the massage wood system by using only clippings that we have pruned from the Paje vineyard.

The harvest takes place in October by hand usually in the morning once the fruit has reached perfect ripeness. Before being made into wine we manually select each berry in order to have perfect fruit.

Fermentation takes place exclusively in large wood casks thanks to a pied de cuve created from our indigenous yeasts. This lasts for ten days and then we use the ancient technique of maceration by splinting the submerged cap process which lasts for at least two months, (60 – 70 days). The wine is then aged in a neutral oak barrel for approximately 5 years.

The production of bottles is limited to less than ten thousand bottles per vintage.


Gary Walsh

‘Firm, precise and very ‘mineral’ expression of Barbaresco. Sweet cherry, mint, exotic spice, clean damp earth. It’s clear and powerful, but not heavy, tightly-knit tannin, a little orange flavour with cinnamon and aniseed adding perfume on a long and focussed finish. A very impressive release. Drink 2023-2034’ – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front


Kerin O'Keefe

‘Balsamic notes of camphor meld with ripe dark-skinned cherry, leather and dark spice. Delicious and loaded with personality, the enveloping palate doles out juicy black cherry, raspberry jam and star anise alongside earthy hints of truffle and game. Tightly knit, fine-grained tannins provide the framework. Drink after 2025.’ – Kerin O’Keefe,  The Wine Enthusiast


Antonio Galloni

‘The 2015 Barbaresco Pajè is the most nuanced and complete of the four wines in this lower tier of vineyard designates. Deceptively light in body, the 2015 possesses striking complexity and dimensions. Breadth and power are implied more than overtly stated. Clean, minerally notes punctuate the finish. The Pajè packs a serious punch. It will be even better in another few years’ time. This is just classic Roagna and the wine in this range that offers the best value. I loved it. Drink 2023-2040′ – Antonio Galloni, Vinous