Chianti Classico

2019
Italy
Tuscany

90% Sangiovese/10% Canaiolo & Colorino. Montesecondo comprises two separate properties: both are biodynamically farmed and both lie in San Casciano in Val di Pesa at the northern edge of the Chianti Classico zone. The original family vineyard, generally referred to as "Montesecondo" or "Cerbaiai", is lower-altitude, warmer, gently cloped and with heavier clay soils near the town of Cerbaia; it is mainly Sangiovese with some co-planted Canaiolo and Colorino. The second part, referred to as "Vignano" for the name of its tiny hamlet, features parcels that are cooler, hillier, rich in limestone, up at 450 meters and north-facing. The Chianti is a blend of both parts of the estate, with proportions varying by vintage.

The bunches are hand-harvested and mainly destemmed but with the berries left whole. They are fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts and without sulfur in concrete tanks. Maceration lasts around 12 days and there are no extractive techniques, only a submerged cap or cappello sommerso. The wine is aged partly in 15-hectoliter foudres and partly in concrete for up to one and half years. It is bottled with a small amount of sulfur and without fining or filtering and is released in the late spring two years after the vintage.

90 points
"The 2019 Chianti Classico is a gorgeous wine that captures the essence of the house style. Crushed flowers, sage, mint and sweet red cherry all grace this perfumed, wonderfully expressive Chianti Classico. The style is a bit idiosyncratic, and yet it works so well. The 2019 was aged in a combination of cask and cement for a year"
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
September 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0593-19
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Sangiovese
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic