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Marchesi di Gresy Langhe Chardonnay 2018
Piedmont region in Italy produces some of the finest, most Burgundian style, examples of Chardonnay. This is one of the best - a complex barrel-aged style, and one of Italy's finest varieties of the grape.
The grapes are sourced from two parcels of vines. One is in Barbaresco, just below Martinenga, facing south-west at an altitude of 230m. The second is on the north-east side of Monte Aribaldo in the commune of Treiso, 370 metres above sea level. Destemming and pressing of grapes is followed by a cold settling of the must at a low temperature in stainless steel. Then fermentation takes place in all new French oak barrels for at least 22 months. The wine is then aged further in the bottle before its release.
On the nose this Chardonnay is ripe, honeyed with perfectly balanced fruit and oak, and notes of hazelnut at the back. The palate is generously silky and savoury with fine citrus and stone fruit characters with taut acidity. The wine is layered and complex with the oak giving an elegant style and notable minerality.
Perfectly balanced, with considerable length.
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