The vineyard: situated in the lower part of the spectacular amphitheater of Bussia Sottana, on a hill facing East. The whole vineyard was planted by us in 2014 (5026 sq.m. of Chardonnay and 7144 sq.m. of Nebbiolo in the upper part) and enlarged with 1500 sq.m. in 2017 with the same varieties;
The variety: of French origin, the one that produces the most expensive and saught after French whites. The Langhe are often compared with the Chardonnay’s homeland, maybe that’s why it «feels at home» here and expresses our terroir in a particular mode, producing wines of defined character. We have selected 3 specific Burgundian clones: the 277 (616 vines grafted on SO4), the very rare 121 (267 vines grafted on SO4) and the particular 548 (1506 vines grafted on K5BB). The last one has been selected in 1988 by ENTAV-INRA in France and is known as the least yielding Chardonnay clone - 1,7 kg of grapes per plant (the variety’s medium value is 2,5 kg) and the grape bunch itself weighs only 81 gr.
The wine: the first harvest, with an yield below any imaginable limit (14,9 hl/ha) impressed so much our consultant Franco Bernabei with its depth, structure and richness that an immediate decision was taken to finish the fermentation in new oak barrles and leave the wine there for aging for one more year.
The name: the biggest and most famous Barolo cru is called «Bissìa» in Piedmontese language, known as Bussia in Italian. Since the 2017 harvest we have been given an official «single vineyard Bussia» denomination for our Chardonnay (as the MGAs are valid “automatically” only for the Nebbiolo that produces Barolo and we made a special request to classify our Chardonnay as cru too).
The label: represents the hand drawn map of our Bussia vineyard, the same we have on our Barolo Bussia 2013.