gaja gaia + rey chardonnay langhe 2019
GAJA LANGHE GAIA & REY CHARDONNAY 2017
Like GAJA's Darmagi, the winery's historic Gaia & Rey - 100% Chardonnay - 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 (born in 1979, the same year the family first planted Chardonnay), 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 was 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. And 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 from growing sites in Serralunga.
Meticulous vineyard management and gentle barrique aging render a wine with profound structure and nuanced aromas and flavors.
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.
94 points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"It's hard not to love the 2017 Langhe Gaia & Rey. The winemaking approach has been tweaked to allow for less malolactic fermentation. Before, up to 60% or 70% of the mass completed malolactic fermentation, but with this vintage, that number has been reduced to about 20%. Indeed, the acidity is bright, forward and elegantly unmasked. This is a sharp and tonic white wine that delivers a firm grasp on the palate. The flavor profile includes citrus, honeydew melon and salty mineral nuances derived from limestone-rich soils."