ABTM - Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP - CLASSIC LINE
Our constant search is full of emotions, tastes and new paths that push us to rediscover the flavor of ancient traditions. It encourage us to select only top-quality gastronomy delicacies.
All the products of the Classic Line are born in a stunning vinegar loft in the very close neighborhood of Modena. A place showing love, tradition and professionality at first glance, which are confirmed by the first taste.
We are glad to share these unique excellences with you: they best represent the best Traditional Balsamic of our territory. A product with unmistakable features.
Ingredients: 100% cooked must, from grapes harvested in Modena or Reggio Emilia or from neighboring areas, permitted by the Production Regulations.
Making Procedure: the initial alcoholic fermentation transforms sugars into alcohol then changes into acetic fermentation where alcohol becomes Acetic Acid. There is an aging period inside a set of wooden casks, a refilling procedure throughout the years, an annual withdrawal before reaching the final bottling. The overall procedure is carried out on small scale.
Nice-to-know: from a set of 5 casks, starting with 50/60 liters and ending with a 15 liters barrel one obtains only 10% of final product, which corresponds to 1,5 liter a year.
Curiosity: it should be noted that ABTM is the ONLY food product which, with the help of time and if regularly supervised, can improve its quality refining and aging in barrels.
Its shelf-life is 10 years but it lasts much much longer. If opened must neither be kept in the refrigerator nor in bright sun-light, room temperature is just perfect.
The ABTM museum of Spilamberto offers the opportunity to see the oldest bottle of aged Balsamico in the world. It is kept in an antique furniture of the 1700 century, wrapped in a sheet of paper. On this paper has been written:
“Vinegar taken out of one of the flasks owned by Gregori family in Modena, in 1740”.
On the 17th of February 1943 (after 203 years) it was tried and examined by a group of Expert Tasters:
Signed by Giulio Jacoli Cesare “A group of expert tasters tried it and the result was amazing: the sample 273 years old had a double degree of acidity if compared to today’s standard and the sugar level much lower with a flavour which was more than satisfying”.
Today, more than 300 years later, we believe it could amaze us again.
IMPORTANT: use this product RAW as a final condiment on your recipes. Never cook it.
Legal Aging: minimum of 12 years.
This Vinegar must undergo strict rules of production. ONLY the ABTM CONSORTIUM can certify the quality of the bottled product, in a precise way set by the law.
L-Originale only deals with 12 and 25 years old vinegar.