Marchesi di Gresy Dinner - 15/12/13

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One of the most renowned estates in Barbaresco, a Marchesi di Grésy dinner is always going to be a treat. Organised by HK importer Wellspring Wines and hosted by winemaker Jeff Chilcott, this was certainly one of my highlight events last week. The wines were showing really well so I'd urge you to hunt them down while you can and while stocks last! 

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We started proceedings with the Guy de Chassey Brut Carte Noire Grand Cru NV which was showing nice ripe citrus with some toasty brioche notes, nice acidity and a rounded finish. A lovely Champagne to kick things off. 16.5. (HK$330 per bottle) 

The Grésy Langhe Chardonnay 2011 had some nice creamy vanilla notes with peach and lemon touches and plenty of toasty oak. Good body and intensity with nice acidity. Complex, concentrated and long. Drink now or age 6-10 years. 16.5 (HK$320)

Monte Colombo Barbera d'Asti 2007 was highly perfumed with tons of dark plum and black cherry fruit. Mineral with a pencil lead/graphite character and touches of liquorice and sweet spice. Intense flavours, a full body and smooth tannins. Rich and concentrated with a long finish. A really top quality Barbera and great value for the quality it has to offer. 17+(HK$300) 

Moving on to the Barbarescos we started with the Gaiun Martinenga Barbaresco 2005. Brilliantly vibrant violet and red fruit perfumes, high yet rounded chalky tannins with a wonderful tarry minerality. A very complex, structured, yet highly elegant wine. Drinking well now but could age 8-12 years or longer. 18. (HK$800)

Camp Gross Martinenga Barbaresco 2005 was a touch closed on the nose at first but opened up well on the palate. More structured and richer than the Gaiun 2005 with a deeper red fruit character. Needs more time to open more fully. Will age 10-15 years with ease. 18. (HK$800)

Gaiun Martinenga Barbaresco 2001 was the star of the show. Incredibly perfumed with violets and herbal tones, very complex and much richer than 2005. Lovely rounded, smooth, silky tannins with a very long, concentrated finish. A wine to contemplate over time. Drink now or age another 8-10 years. 18.5 (HK$900) 

All wines are available to buy in HK from Wellspring Wines

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