Gaja Gaia & Rey 2017

£225.00

Bright acidity provides energy and graces the wine with a graceful balance and immediate drinkability. The fruity notes of white peach follow all the way through a very long finish. Very well integrated use of oak.

Fermentation and ageing in oak for six-eight months.

The winery's historic Gaia & Rey 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, 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 released the following year.
 
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. The 2017 vintage proves that great quality sometimes comes from scarcity. Three days of frost at the end of April set back the crop size by about 20 percent, then high heat in summer and lack of rainfall presented challenges in managing the vineyards. Despite this, the fruit ultimately harvested and selected was healthy and with excellent concentration.