Domenico Clerico, the giant of Barolo, died at home in Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, aged 67.
Clerico started producing wine in 1979, before deciding to leave his job of salesman to work full time in his family’s estate. Clerico advocated the modern Barolo winemaking philosophy of short maceration and ageing in barrels.
‘He put Monforte on the map. And he was the person I could call in the middle of the night if something went wrong in the winery,’ she added.