Gaja Rossj Bass Chardonnay 2016

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£69.50 per bottle
33 in stock

Monica Larner (erobertparker.com) 

Crisp and luminous, the 2016 Langhe Rossj-Bass is Chardonnay enhanced with a tiny part Sauvignon Blanc. This second grape only constitutes 5% of the blend, yet its presence is felt in a big way. The wine presents pristine and sharply delineated tones of exotic fruit, peach and white rose. Fruit is sourced in Barbaresco and in Serralunga d'Alba. This wine delivers a bright spot of acidity that was shaped by the steep diurnal temperature shifts that characterized the tail end of the growing season. Much work has been achieved in the vineyards to optimize farming and to ensure that ripening does not advance too quickly or with too much alcohol.

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Full-bodied, dry white
Food Match
Creamy Dishes
ABV
14%

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Monica Larner (erobertparker.com)

Crisp and luminous, the 2016 Langhe Rossj-Bass is Chardonnay enhanced with a tiny part Sauvignon Blanc. This second grape only constitutes 5% of the blend, yet its presence is felt in a big way. The wine presents pristine and sharply delineated tones of exotic fruit, peach and white rose. Fruit is sourced in Barbaresco and in Serralunga d'Alba. This wine delivers a bright spot of acidity that was shaped by the steep diurnal temperature shifts that characterized the tail end of the growing season. Much work has been achieved in the vineyards to optimize farming and to ensure that ripening does not advance too quickly or with too much alcohol.

Producer

Outspoken and pioneering, Angelo Gaja has done much to change the landscape of the wines of Barbaresco. He took over the reins of the family estate from his father Giovanni in 1970 and started his process of modernisation almost immediately. By the time of the 1978 vintage he replaced the traditional large bottle in favour of French barriques, a step which caused many heads to turn at the time. Today, the business is very much a family affair with his wife and children all playing a vital role in either winemaking, management or marketing of the estate’s wines. Mostly a red wine producer, Gaja also releases a white blend of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc from estate grown fruit under the Langhe classification called Rossj-Bass. Aged in his characteristic barriques for approximately 6 months it has a rounded character supported by fresh acidity and ripe citrus fruit flavours. The red Sito Moresco’s blend of nebbiolo with cabernet sauvignon and merlot encapsulates Gaja’s maverick spirit with the use of the two latter varieties to give the wine its approachability in youth. Made under the Langhe classification too, it is a wine made with fruit drawn from both the Barolo and Barbaresco zones. 

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Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.

Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Especially good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.

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