Chianti Classico 2014

75cl Rocca di Montegrossi Sangiovese Italy > Tuscany Rich, full-bodied, elegant and complex
This is 90% Sangiovese with 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino, aged in tonneaux and barriques for twelve months. An intense ruby-red colour with violet reflections, the fruity aroma is atypical of Sangiovese with notes of cherry and wild berries. Harmonious, well-structured and lightly tannic, it is a wine that will cotinue to evolve for many years.

The Montegrossi property was once part of the legendary Baron Ricasoli estate. Descendent of the Ricasoli family Marco Ricasoli Fridolfi is the current proprietor. The estate is now considered one of the finest in the zone. Chianti Classico producers are split between those trying to preserve and refine “traditional” Chianti, made only from Sangiovese and other indigenous varieties, and those who are using the maximum permitted proportion of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and ageing in French barriques. Marco falls into the former camp, a purist producing wines with a sense of place but is willing to use touches of barrique or “international” grapes if and when the vintage demands it, and always with restraint and impeccable attention to quality. The wet 2002 demanded some Cabernet and Merlot in the blend and some barrique ageing to give their Chianti Classico some body, but from 2003 onwards, he returned to 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo aged only in large oak vats.

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