The vineyard is located on the farm of Pieve, in Cocconato, in Monferrat, at an altitude of 350 meters. It is exposed to the East and consists of large clay and yellow sand beds present in the province of Asti, alternate to beds of chalk and limestone with white and soft marls – called in Piedmontese dialect Thou Bianc, white tuff – that break up in the sun giving the soil a light color. These soils are traditionally saved for red grapes vineyards because they yield strong yet elegant wines. So it was a surprise to discover that here the white wines become savory, intense, scented and long-lasting. In the land eastern of the Pieve Farmhous we grow a Chardonnay fruit of the Italian varietal research together with some precocious biotypes of Burgundy.
Vinification and maturation
The grapes are gently pressed and fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 18 °C. The wine ages “sur lie” for six months before bottling.
Monferrato proved to be an excellent area for white grapes that here ripen well and, if harvested early, give a top quality product maintaining a balanced sugar and acidity ratio. This Chardonnay shows all of the character of the terroir in terms of “muscatés” scents; on the other hand, it is also recognizable for its bouquet of orange blossoms, acacia, linden, banana and honey. The palate is dry, fine and ample not having aged in the barriques.
Ideal with white meat, fish in sauce or oriental cuisine.
The wine expresses its best character after 2 to 5 years of ageing in the bottle.