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Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy has been owned by the di Grésy family since 1797. The estate includes four properties located in Langhe and Monferrato, home to Piedmont’s greatest wines.  Before the 1960s the estate operated like a traditional farm, producing livestock, vegetables and fruits - including grapes.  At the time, the grapes were sold to the finest wine producers in the area, as was the tradition in the Langhe.  In the early 1970s Alberto di Grésy realized the potential of his vineyards and decided that he had to vinify his own grapes.

In 1973 he produced his first vintage with the objective of transferring the class and character of the terroir, vineyards and varietal into the bottle, using the best available technology and respect for tradition. In 2013 Alberto’s son and daughter, Alessandro and Ludovica di Grésy began their adventure in the family’s winery working alongside their father.  To this day, Marchesi di Grésy only vinifies grapes coming from their properties, 111 acres of vineyards divided among the Martinenga, Monte Aribaldo, La Serra and Monte Colombo estates.

Of exceptional note, the Martinenga vineyard is one of the Langhe’s finest and the largest single owned "monopole" in the region and has been owned by the di Grésy family since 1797.  Martinenga is known for producing some of the finest cru-designated Barbareschi. It is planted with the Nebbiolo sub-varieties Lampia, Rosé and Michet, whose mix produce the most elegant Nebbiolo wines. With its southern exposure, blue marl soil and elevations from 820 to 918 feet, the Martinenga cru possesses ideal growing conditions and allows Nebbiolo fruit to reach full maturity even in difficult vintages.

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WINERY LOCATION: Barbaresco (Cuneo province), Piedmont
REGION: Barbaresco DOCG, Langhe DOC, Asti DOCG, Alba DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 88 acres (36 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable & Practicing Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
WINE STYLES: Dry red and white, sweet white sparkling
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 240,000 bottles (180,000)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1973
OWNER(S): The di Grésy Family
WINEMAKER(S): Matteo Sasso

WINES

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY NEBBIOLO MARTINENGA LANGHE DOC

Directly from the Martinenga vineyard, in the heart of Barbaresco appellation, south-southwest exposure at an average altitude of 280m a.s.l. Specific selection of grapes better suited to make a lighter wine than Barbaresco.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY BARBARESCO MARTINENGA DOCG

In the heart of Barbaresco appelation, Martinenga is among the most important MeGA of the area, confining with Asili, on the western side, and Rabaja, towards northeast. A single vineyard of 11.93 hectares in an amphiteatre shape. South-southwest exposure at an altitude between 220m and 290m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY BARBARESCO "GAIUN" MARTINENGA DOCG

In the heart of Barbaresco commune, Gaiun is a parcel of Martinenga, on the western side of the amphiteatre. South exposure at an altitude from 230m to 290m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY BARBARESCO "CAMP GROS" MARTINENGA RISERVA DOCG

In the heart of Barbaresco commune, Camp Gros is a parcel of Martinenga, on the eastern end of the amphiteatre. South- southwest exposure at an altitude from 240m to 290m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY BARBERA D'ASTI DOCG

Located in La Serra estate in the commune of Cassine (Alessandria province). Southern exposure at an average altitude of 240m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY DOLCETTO D'ALBA "MONTE ARIBALDO" DOC

In the Commune of Treiso, on the Monte Aribaldo hill, from which it takes the name. South and west facing exposure at an average altitude of 370m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY "VIRTUS" LANGHE DOC

In the heart of Barbaresco appellation, in the valley just below Martinenga, both vineyards face south-southwest. The Barbera has an average altitude of 225m a.s.l. while the Cabernet is slightly higher at 240m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY "GRÉSY" CHARDONNAY LANGHE DOC

The vineyards for the Grésy Chardonnay are located in two parcels, one at the Mont'Aribaldo estate in Treiso d'Alba and the other in the famed Barbaresco estate of Martinenga. Fermentation takes place with selected yeast in barrique. Extended lees time as the wine sits undisturbed throughout the summer and fall, and is bottled the following February. The wine then matures in the bottle for another year. 

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY SAUVIGNON LANGHE DOC

Located among the communes of Barbaresco, below and in front of Martinenga, and Treiso, in Monte Aribaldo; three parcels wih different exposures: south, north and west. Average altitudes of 230m a.s.l. 250m a.s.l. and 370m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY MOSCATO D'ASTI "LA SERRA" DOCG

In La Serra estate, in the Cassine village, Alessandria Province. South exposure with an altitude from 220m to 380m a.s.l.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY GRAPPA DI MOSCATO LA SERRA

Marchesi di Grésy Grappa di Moscato La Serra is produced from moscato grape pomice, coming from Moscato grapes harvested at the La Serra 11 ha La Serra estate, located in Cassine, Monferrato. Distilled at Distilleria del Barbaresco, a cooperative of 19 member wineries, located in the Barbaresco production area. Due to their location, they are able to distill fresh pomace, which allows them to preserve the bouquet and esters that normally evaporate if there are delays between the grapes being pressed and arrival at the distillery.

MARCHESI DI GRÉSY GRAPPA DI NEBBIOLO MARTINENGA

The Marchesi di Grésy Grappa di Nebbiolo Martinenga is produced from the Nebbiolo pomice from grapes harvested from their famed Martinenga vineyard in the heart of Barbaresco. Produced at Distilleria del Barbaresco, a 19 member cooperative of wineries in the Barberesco production area. Located in the heart the region, allows them to distill fresh pomace, which retains the bouquet and esters that can evaporate if the pomace is not fresh. 

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Barbaresco (Cuneo province), Piedmont

VINEYARD:
Langhe and Monferrato, Piedmont

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96
AUGUST 2019
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Gaiun" Martinenga DOCG 2015

The daring nose here beckons you in, captivating with its wide range of dried oregano, rosemary, thyme, dried cranberries, tamarind and lemon drizzle cake. Then it seduces you with its athletic build, casting a steely net of crafty tannins over soft fruit, like chain mail over supple skin. A spattering of acidity rises from the midst, electrifying the whole palate and turning any remnants of dried fruit into raindrops of mineral citrus. Not a hugely powerful wine, but an essay in structure and elegance. Drink from 2024.    

91
OCTOBER 2023
Marchesi di Grésy "Virtus" Langhe DOC 2009

A mere 700-ish cases of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera blend are made, but it is worth looking for. The wine opens with black cherry, cassis and oak spice aromas. It's lifted on the palate with a playful give-and-take between the two grapes: sour cherry meets plum, fresh rose meets tobacco, giving way to fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Drink now.

94
FEBRUARY 2022
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Camp Gros" Martinenga Riserva DOCG 2016

The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Camp Gros Martinenga shows all the pedigree of this great vintage in its power, breadth and overall intensity. Black cherry, plum, licorice, mocha, lavender and sage give the 2016 its dark, brooding personality. I am quite surprised, in a good way, how integrated the tannins are. The 2016 is a big wine, but it is already very harmonious, The 2016 spent a year in barrel and a year and half in cask.

91
JUNE 2020
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Gaiun" Martinenga DOCG 2014

The plum and cherry fruit is accented by vanilla and toast notes in this firm, linear red. A compact, burly style, with dense, dusty tannins guarding the finish. Best from 2023 through 2037. 500 cases made, 75 cases imported.  

90
JUNE 2022
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Camp Gros" Martinenga Riserva DOCG 2016

DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARD 2022 SILVER MEDAL.  A dry, earthy, and woody wine with cranberry fruits, violets, Rosolio liqueur, Chinese five spice, and an austere, almost bitter finish.

95
NOVEMBER 2020
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Gaiun" Martinenga DOCG 2016

Gorgeous aromas of cherry, strawberry, rose, eucalyptus, iron and tar mark this detailed red, which is balanced and rich, with a firm, well-integrated structure for support. Long and expansive on the finish, with a slightly dusty feel in the end. Best from 2023 through 2042.

91
JUNE 2022
Marchesi di Grésy "Virtus" Langhe DOC 2011

DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARD 2022 SILVER MEDAL.  Expressive dark berry fruit, dried violets, and sweet baking spice, enhanced by sweet tobacco and licorice. Great intensity, juicy, unctuous, and delicious!

96
NOVEMBER 2020
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Gaiun" Martinenga DOCG 2016

The long, even growing season in 2016 yielded a beautifully floral and vibrant Barbaresco from Gaiun, the plots that border Asili on the western end of the Martinenga cru. This wine’s exuberant red cherry flavors rush across the palate, propelled by mouthwatering acidity as those flavors gain notes of orange peel, warm spice and a hint of vanilla. The wine’s elegant structure and impeccable balance indicate plenty of aging potential.