The white wines of the town of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. An odd epitaph given the differences between Chardonnay, the classic king of Burgundy and Cortese the simple elegant varietal that produces Gavi. Although the phrase harks more to the crisp minerality of both more than anything else.
Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, which show Cortese at it’s best; to add greater complexity this wine is harvested late in the year. Not so late to produce a sweeter style due to high sugar levels, but this does produce elegant and intense scents of ripe white fruits and exotic fruits, flowers, acacia honey undertones.