Chardonnay IGT Colline Pescaresi "Launegild"
100% Chardonnay. The original vines were brought back from France by current-generation Eloisa De Fermo's great-uncle Carlo (the Don Carlino for whom the De Fermo Pecorino is named) and planted in 1926. Chardonnay is a rarity in Abruzzo and these are some of the oldest Chard vines in Italy. They are now certified-biodynamic like the rest of the De Fermo estate and harvested by hand. The bunches are partly destemmed and partly left in whole clusters, macerated for a few hours, pressed in an old-school vertical pressoir and then fermented with native yeasts and no temperature control in oak tonneaux. After 9-12 months of aging in tonneaux, the wine is bottled without fining or filtering or the addition of sulfur (applied in small doses at racking only).The name "Launegild" is the Lombardian word for the process by which the owning family of the current De Fermo property donated the land to the Catholic church in the 9th century.