The hillside of Rovereto has always been considered the historic Great Cru of Gavi. Located in the municipality of Gavi, it extends over 148 acres. The name Rovereto means oak wood, a name derived from ancient local oak forests. The dark red clay soil is rich in iron and full of stones, imparting greater complexity and minerality than other soils of Gavi. The sea breezes from the Ligurian Sea and cool mountain winds from the Apennine Mountains create a microclimate ideal for growing Cortese grapes to optimal ripeness. The Michele Chiarlo Rovereto vines are 25 years old on average. The vines are thinned of excess bunches at the end of summer, leaving 5-6 bunches per vine on average. A portion of the hand harvested grapes undergo cold pressing to obtain specific aromas. The grapes are soft pressed and then fermented at low temperatures. The wine ages for at least 5 months on the lees in stainless steel tanks before refinement in the bottle.

Harvest Note
The 2023 vintage began with a mild and dry winter followed by an equally dry spring. Rain fell in mid-May and June, which was a great help ahead of a long, hot, and dry summer. Significant rain at the end of August was essential to the proper ripening of the grapes. In the areas of Langhe, Roero and Gavi that had more rain (than Asti), the vintage resulted in normal quantity levels with an exceptionally good quality.
Tasting Note
Straw yellow with green hues, this fragrant wine offers notes of golden apple, chives, white flowers, and minerals. An elegant and well-structured wine with a long and savory finish
Food Pairing
Seafood pasta, swordfish, veal
Technical Data
GRAPES: Cortese (100%)
APPELLATION: Gavi del Comune di Gavi DOCG
PH: 3.25
ABV: 12.5%
AGING: 5 months on the lees in stainless steel vats
Unique Selling Points
  • Very low yield, hand harvested with summer thinning of excess bunches
  • A white wine with crisp acidity - perfect to pair with food
  • Potential to age for 7-8 years

About the Grape

Cortese produces a crisp, elegant, delicately scented wine. The best examples from the commune of Gavi in Piedmont have crisp acidity, structure and full, round body.
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