An exploration of wine

547. Marchesi di Grésy, Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga, 2001

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Book 3 Wine 547

€77; 14%

This is more of a comparative impression than a proper tasting note. Even though this is a highly regarded Barbaresco vintage, this 2001 Gaiun Martinenga came across as slightly coarser – slightly less elegant than the 1998 I’d had before. That was a true iron fist in a velvet glove, with tannins that were firm, yet smoothly polished and with ‘svelte’ flavours. This was just a touch grainier and with less perfumed fruit. Still good, but not that excellence.

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