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  • Country ranking ?

    305
  • Producer ranking ?

    109
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

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The winery's historic Gaia & Rey is a wine that not only reshaped the legacy of the house itself, but also redefined Piedmont as one of the truly great winemaking regions of the world. Named after Lucia and Angelo Gaja's daughter, Gaia Gaja, and Angelo Gaja's grandmother Clotilde Rey (the family's great matriarch and one of its most forward-thinking visionaries), Gaia & Rey was first bottled in 1983 and was first released the following year.

The wine is made originally from 9 acres planted to Chardonnay in the township of Treiso. With this historic bottling, Angelo Gaja showed the world that exceptional white wines could be produced in the Langhe Hills, where red wines had been produced almost exclusively before. He also delivered to the world what is now considered one of the greatest white wines of Europe, a truly remarkable accomplishment in a country where red grapes have historically dominated the realm of fine wine. Today, some of the fruit is also sourced form growing sites in Serralunga. In good vintages, the aging potential for this wine can exceed 10, 15, and even 20 years. GAJA recommends letting it age at least 5 years before opening and at least a half hour of aeration in a decanter before service.

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Gaja planted Chardonnay as early as 1979, pointing out that the most likely Piemontese white variety Arneis is not permitted in the Langhe (as opposed to Roero). Gaja still ferment their Chardonnay in stainless steel, aim for 100% malolactic fermentation and then give the wine seven to nine months in barrique. For a 15 year-old white, this wine was in remarkably good shape, even if it was not as complex as a great white burgundy (very few of which taste as youthful as this at 15 years old). Gaia pointed out that, while 1994 was not a good year for reds because of the rainy September, it was a particularly good year for Chardonnay – a common phenomenon. 
Smoky, rather vegetal nose and lightly sweet on the palate with (just) sufficient acidity – but the fruit is still intact. Very fine and delicate with a smooth texture. Just hanging in there – though starting its decline. Impressive longevity. 

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Piedmont, Barbaresco

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