Established in 1881, Pio Cesare, now run by fifth generation Pio Boffa, was one of the very first producers to believe in the potential and quality of the great wines of Piemonte and to export to the UK. A ceaseless devotion to the individuality of each of the region’s wines informs Pio’s choices in the vineyards and cellar. He applies a ‘minimal intervention’ philosophy to wine making, creating wines that year after year, are ranked among the world’s best wines.
The grapes for this wine come from the family-owned vineyard ‘Il Bricco’ in Treiso in Barbaresco and of the Colombaro in Serralunga d’Alba, in the Barolo area. The ‘Il Bricco’ vineyard was the very first that Pio Cesare planted with Chardonnay in 1980.
Piodilei has been produced by the Pio Cesare Family since 1985. It represents the Estate’s desire to produce a white wine from their family vineyards in Barbaresco and Barolo with the same body, complexity and ageing potential as their reds. The grapes are late harvested when fully ripe. The wine undergoes fermentation on the lees in new French oak barrels for 10 months, followed by six months of bottle ageing prior to release.
Burgundian in style, this superior Chardonnay shows complexity on the nose and palate. Notes of apple, citrus, stone fruit and vanilla. It is full-bodied and creamy with ripe fruit and an attractive minerality and freshness on the finish.
Turbot, sea bass, veal chops, butternut squash and sage ravioli, lobster, scallops, roast chicken, guinea fowl.
Serve at 12-14°C.
“This is a layered and beautiful chardonnay with wonderful character. Full-bodied, deep and focused. Love the phenolic tension and seriousness. Cooked apples and pineapples and hints of vanilla and cream. Drink or hold.”, 95 poinyts, James Suckling
Langhe DOC, Piemonte