Marchesi di Grésy 'Martinenga' Barbaresco
- Complex layers of balsamic, toasty notes, dried fruits and liquorice.
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- Apart from the stunning Barbaresco it produces, Marchesi di Gresy is a hidden gem in Piedmont and owns one of the DOCG's finest vineyards. Tucked away in the Langhe and Monferrato hills East of Alba in north-west Italy the estate can be found, but not without some difficulty. The Marchesi di Gresy winery. Or to give it its full name Tenuta Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy. is something of a hidden gem, both physically and metaphorically, for it produces some of the best wines of Barbaresco without doubt.
The 11 or so hectares of Martinenga vineyard (all of it planted to Nebbiolo) is one of the Barbaresco DOCG's greatest single vineyards and Marchesi Di Gresy own all of it, splitting it into three sections - Gaiun (2.3ha south-facing), Camp Gros (2.6ha south-west facing) and Martinenga (6.5ha facing south/south-west). This ideal exposure, an altitude of 250-280m and a very special soil composition of blue marl (a blueish/white mix of clay, chalk and limestone) all help combine to produce wines of exceptional class, structure and finesse. The favourable micro-climate allows high quality grapes even in difficult vintages, such as 2012.
Fine, gently floral nose with wild cherry and redcurrant fruit. Spicy and lifted with notes of dried
herbs. More sour cherry fruit on the palate, which combines richness and structure with complex
layers of balsamic, toasty notes, dried fruits and liquorice. Fresh acidity gives balance, and the finish is savoury and textured with integrated oak.
- "The 11 or so hectares of Martinenga vineyard (all of it planted to Nebbiolo) is one of the Barbaresco DOCG's greatest single vineyards without any doubt" - Geoffrey Dean - The Buyer Magazine.
- Silver Medal - Sommelier Wine Awards
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Ideal with richly seasoned meats (red or white) or mature cheeses.
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