A purple patch for Chianti Classico

A purple patch for Chianti Classico
There is no doubting that Mother Nature has been smiling on Chianti Classico these last few years, and with a growing crop of talented winemakers lifting the region out of ignominy – now is the time to start snapping up the produce of the region’s major protagonists. Monteraponi are one of the estates spear-heading this resurgence. Their traditional, hard-working artisanal approach and prime location vineyards make for some of the region’s most mineral, intense and soulful wines. The latest releases from high up in the hills of Chianti Classico’s Radda are 2016 and 2015; two thrilling back to back vintages that are arguably the best wines Monteraponi have ever made.

Of the two new releases 2015 was the hotter and drier vintage but was a year that found its absolute pinnacle in the highest, coolest parts of Tuscany – the estate’s 570 metre altitude, south-east facing Baron d’Ugo vineyard ideally placed to temper the vintage’s warmth. The wine, that emanates from hard, rocky limestone soils is one of Chianti’s most mineral; an intense salinity complimenting the seductive sun-ripened strawberry and raspberry fruits.

2016 was a sunny, warm early-ripening vintage that benefitted from more rain than 2015, allowing for a more rapid and steady maturation of the grapes. There is no doubting this vintage has resulted in the estate’s grandest and most thrilling Campitello yet. More clay-influenced than Baron d’Ugo, with its more even mixture of the softer galestro and harder alberese soils, Campitello’s 40-year-old vines have yielded something extraordinarily vivid, refined and exciting in 2016. All herb-infused red cherries and raspberries with the silkiest of textures and satisfyingly long finish.

Quite simply these are not to be missed; they are among the most exciting wines in Tuscany today.


2015
 
1x150cl
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£85.00 ep
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6x75cl
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£260.00 ep
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2016
 
1x150cl
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£70.00 ep
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6x75cl
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£200.00 ep
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