First Chardonnay planted in Piemonte and first Italian white wine aged in barriques.
Gaja Gaia & Rey Chardonnay Langhe 2015, Piedmont, Italy
PRESS: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93 points. "From a hot vintage, the 2015 Langhe Gaia & Rey shows similar excellence as presented in the 2013 vintage, although its attributes are different. That wine was direct and linear reflecting the cooler summer months. This wine, however, promises to be more tonic, sharp and focused despite the warmer growing season. This pure expression of Chardonnay is made in a more reductive style in order to highlight that nervous and bright vein at the back. The winery is switching over to older barrique (some as old as a decade) and botte grande to allow for less oxygen in winemaking. The wine opens to aromas of Golden Delicious apple, white peach, wild sage, ginger and honey. This white wine shows enormous potential for further aromatic development and intensity."
Country Hierarchy: Piedmont, Italy
Grape/Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Food Suggestion: Great with rosemary risotto and scallops, cheese, lobster, crab, roast veal and sashimi.
Wine Style: White - Green and Flinty
Alcohol Content: 14%
Gaia Gaja Notes:
Colour: Straw yellow
Aroma: Rich with hints of toast and vanilla as weill as aromas of citrus fruits.
Taste: Full-bodied, with concentrated, ripe fruit balanced by lively acidity.