Marchesi di Gresy 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Langhe, Piemonte, Italy
- Winemaker: Matteo Sasso
- Farming: Practicing Organic
- Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
- Terroir: Vineyards are located among the communes of Barbaresco below and in front of Martinenga, and Treiso. The fruit comes from three different parcels with three different exposures, south, north, and west. Planted in limestone and blue marl.
- Vinification: The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel, before being left on selected lees for four to six months. The wine is briefly aged in bottle before release.
From our 2022 Explorer Club Release:
Marchesi di Gresy | Sauvignon Blanc | Langhe, Piemonte, Italy | 2019
Since airline prices are so high, and we're itching for summer, we thought we might use this month's club to transport ourselves to the sunny inspiration that is Italy! We're starting with Simi's quintessential summer sipper: Sauvignon Blanc. OH YES. AND, it's from one of her favorite houses– Marchesi di Grésy. Made up of four estates situated in the Langhe and the Monferrato zones, MDG is recognized for producing many of the Piedmont region’s greatest wines, particularly Barbaresco. In the late 1960s, the enigmatic Count Alberto di Grésy began supervising the family’s agricultural operations, concluding early on that he did not want to continue selling his grapes to the area’s finest wine producers, but instead to capture their elegance in-house. In 1973 he began making his own wine, adhering to the highest quality standards and respect for terroir.
While they are known the world over for their single vineyard Nebbiolos, those of us in the know savor their electrically delicious and highly quaffable Sauvignon! Alberto produces this wine mainly as an insurance policy against risky red-wine crops, but he also knows that a crisp, aromatic white is always handy in a lineup of bold, tannic red wines. Winemaker Matteo Sasso ferments this Sauvignon Blanc in temperature-controlled stainless steel, before leaving it on its lees for four to six months. The wine is briefly aged in the bottle before release.
This light-bodied wine encapsulates everything a great Sauvignon Blanc should be--minerally, fresh, grassy, and aromatic. Grapefruit and hints of menthol are rounded out by gooseberry, gardenia, and wet stone. The acidity leaves your palate watering and prepped for a bit of salty charcuterie or grilled antipasti with a heavy squeeze of lemon. I dare you not to finish this bottle in one sitting! — Simi Grewal
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