B-21 Top Recommendation
Singular in nature in the Gavi territory, the Broglia family estate was once the ancient Tenuta La Meirana, birthplace of Gavi dating to 972. It was on this hillside property where the Bishop of Genova granted the first lease for the growing of Cortese; aristocracy yearned for a prestigious Blanc to pair with their Mediterranean cuisine – Gavi's roots had been planted. In 1972, two years prior to its official classification as the Gavi DOCG, the Broglia family acquired La Meirana. The most important family of Gavi, they were the first to collaborate with the Università di Torino in clonal research of the prized Cortese varietal; more than half of their 250 acres are now planted to the finest, oldest vines of the most important Cortese clones in Italy. These hillside plantings return yields of less than one third those allowed by the DOCG regulations, the resulting wines incredibly structured, perfumed, palate pleasing like none other. For 2018, Mother Nature was most kind, and Broglia capitalized. I love the minerality, intensity and length. Fresh and vibrant, this is an excellent rendition of Gavi you simply have to try.