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Elio Grasso Chardonnay "Educato" '18

Piedmont

Elio Grasso Chardonnay "Educato" '18

Elio Grasso shows time and time again respect toward Piedmontese tradition as farmers first and winemakers second. This approach keeps terroir at the forefront, while they also remain open to change as they learn from vintage to vintage. 

Elio Grasso was originally in the banking business in the city of Turin, but when his grandfather passed away he was encouraged to return to his roots. Since 1978, the family has been cultivating 18 hectares of hills surrounding Monforte d’Alba in Barolo, surrounded by the other 24 hectares of theirs that are forests and meadows. They are a smaller winery in scale, carefully cultivating their land with a hyper-focus on Langhe terroir. 

Gianluca Grasso is at the winery's helm today, with assistance from the entire family. Gianluca is full of energy, well spoken, full of passion and great meticulousness. We find this very reflective in how his wines come across; structured with elegance, aromatic finesse and solid character.    

While it may still seem unusual to see Chardonnay in the Langhe, there is a non-insignificant amount of plantings in the area. In 1986, Elio decided to plant a small section of his vineyard to Chardonnay with a design to "educate" the grapes to showcase the terroir of Monforte d'Alba. In 1990 they released their first vintage, and have continued to produce it as the vines grow older and learn their new home.

“Educato” is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel as well as French oak, which gives the wine a toasted nut note and a balanced creaminess. On the nose the wine is irresistible and complex with florals and white peach that makes me think of Viognier. Similarly, while it does have texture, the acidity is bright and animated in a way that speaks to the limestone terroir it comes from. The name means polite or gentile, a perfect name for this poised and elegant wine.

Perman

Italy

Details

Producer Elio Grasso
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Chardonnay

Acidity

3 / 5

Tannin

1 / 5

Body

2 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

3 / 5

Funky

2 / 5

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