Luigi Baudana, Dragon Langhe Bianco, 2021
Region: Serralunga d'Alba, Piemonte, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 56% Chardonnay 18% Nascetta 18% Sauvignon Blanc 8% Riesling
The 2021 Dragon is a brilliant light yellow in colour. On the nose are aromas of lemon, lime zest, lemon curd and hints of mint. The palate is refreshing and structured, with distinct notes of peach, apricot and mango balanced by an energetic saline finish.
The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are located mid- slope on the north-east shoulder of Cerretta Piani. A fold of this slope makes the plot cooler and more suitable for white grapes. Below the thin topsoil lies one of the oldest conglomerates of all Piemonte: 14-million-year-old Helvetian soil. The Nascetta is grown in the Comune of Novello, the birthplace of the variety, at the top of the Ravera hill. The vineyards are located at 370-430 metres above sea level. Vajra has always believed in sustainable farming and keeps the turf natural and green in the vineyard. Traditional pruning is practised as well as using the Guyot mixed system of trellising. No irrigation is used, while green harvest is decided according to the vintage.
This small estate has just over four hectares of vineyard, all in the commune of Serralunga d‘Alba. Their tiny cellar is situated in the village of Baudana, while their vineyards are primarily in the ‘crus’ of Baudana and the highly regarded Cerretta.