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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
WINE REGIONS: 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 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 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 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 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 "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.

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Barbaresco (Cuneo province), Piedmont

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Langhe and Monferrato, Piedmont

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OCTOBER 2020
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco Martinenga DOCG 2017

The 2017 Barbaresco Martinenga is a very pretty wine. Crushed flowers, cedar, mint, tobacco and dried flowers are all beautifully lifted. In 2017, the Barbaresco has a bit more mid-palate stuffing than is the norm, but that works well in rounding out a Barbaresco that is often on the lighter side.

94
JUNE 2021
Marchesi di Grésy "Virtus" Langhe DOC 2010

The Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy 2010 Langhe Virtus is a blend of 60% Barbera and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is always a late release, and there's a big risk to that with so much bottle and vintage variation to account for. However, this 2010 expression has all its ducks in a row. The bouquet is concentrated and thick, with plenty of power and depth. The bouquet shows dark fruit, with licorice, camphor ash and ink. This is a treat for people who love the magic of old wines. Exactly 8,433 bottles were made.

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.    

89+
SEPTEMBER 2021
Marchesi di Grésy Nebbiolo Martinenga Langhe DOC 2020

The 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo Martinenga is bright and effusive right out of the gate. Freshly cut flowers, mint, crushed red berries, chalk and white pepper give the Langhe Nebbiolo a super-appealing upper register. Because of the pandemic, the Nebbiolo was bottled later than usual, which may explain a feeling of nervousness I don't recall seeing in the past.

93
JUNE 2021
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Gaiun" Martinenga DOCG 2017

There is austerity here, and you almost immediately feel that the wine is quite dry in this vintage. With the Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy 2017 Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga that dryness seems to translate to both the quality of fruit and the tannins. This impression is momentary, as there is a point of cherry sweetness on the mid-palate that acts as an immediate jolt of energy and vitality to the bouquet. It takes a little while to get there, but the wine does deliver in the end.

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

The 2016 Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga packs a serious punch. The rich style of this site married to the classicism of the year results in a Barbaresco that is going to need a bit of time to come around. Gaiun is often plush and voluptuous. In 2016, large-scaled tannins wrap around all of that fruit intensity, adding a very appealing dimension of the structure. Sweet red cherry, cinnamon, mint, cedar, rose petal and blood orange build into the complex, layered finish. I have seen the Gaiun age effortlessly in its top vintages. I have no doubt that it will be the case here as well.

93
MARCH 2021
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Camp Gros" Martinenga Riserva DOCG 2015

"Aromas of vanilla and spicy oak embrace the cherry and plum flavors here. Tar, tobacco and eucalyptus accents chime in as a thick matrix of tannins truncates the finish. It feels chunky today, yet should stretch out in time. Best from 2024 through 2043. 602 cases made."

96
NOVEMBER 2020
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco "Camp Gros" Martinenga Riserva DOCG 2015

From the Martinenga cru’s western end, adjacent to Rabajà, this Riserva is bold yet balanced in the warm 2015 vintage. It unfolds with lush red and dark cherry flavors accented by notes of lavender and dried herbs. The wine’s ample tannins honed first in barriques and then in Slavonian oak casks, remain firm and mineral, and will maintain balance as the wine ages over the next decade and beyond.