Chardonnay is not, as many believe, a recent introduction to Piedmont. This grape has been present in the region since the first half of the 1800s, thanks to Filippo Asinari, Count of San Marzano and Costigliole and an important political-military figure. Upon his return from France, where he collaborated side-by-side with Napoleon, he brought home several vines of Chardonnay from the famous vineyards of Montrachet with plans to cultivate them in Costigliole. Chardonnay still grows in Piedmont today because the combination of the soil and microclimate is well suited to this variety, allowing it to take root and flourish.
First vintage produced:
south – south est
calcareous clay marl with prevalence of silt
650 ft a.s.l.
4,500 plants per hectare
selection in vineyards of the healthiest, ripest grapes hand collected in 40 lb picking baskets
soft pressing and fermentation in french oak barrels
partially carried out
9 months on fine lees in french oak barrels with several batonnages
straw yellow with greenish reflections
wild flowers, mango, citric fruits, the freshness of the sea spray
savory and freshly balanced
oysters, roasted fowl, goat cheeses
0,375 l. – 0,750 l. – 1,5 l.