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Heroic Chianti Classico
12 June 2020

And now for something completely different……Amidst the flurry of Bordeaux 2019 en primeur releases, we are thrilled to offer this unsung Italian hero. From our favourite Chianti Classico producer, Monteraponi, the newly-released Il Campitello 2017, has recently been rated as the joint top Chianti Classico Riserva by Jancis Robinson’s Italian expert Walter Speller in his “Great 2017 and 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva” report comprising 67 wines from Classico’s leading wineries. www.jancisrobinson.com.

Some of the finest Chiantis come from Classico’s Radda area, where the region’s highest vineyards are perched. Italian wine geeks have always bowed to the legendary wines of Montevertine. Well, in fellow Radda producer Monteraponi, we think we have found a pretender to its throne. The estate’s ten hectares are situated around what was originally a medieval hamlet but now home and cellars to owners Michele Braganti and Alessandra Deiana. The high-altitude vines, stretching up to 570 metres above sea level, are grown organically, and wine-making is attentive but gentle and low-tech. The emphasis here is on obtaining top quality fruit and turning it into wine that is full of energy, ageing potential and, most importantly, is expressive of the fabulous terroir they have at their disposal. This means hard graft in the vineyard and a light-touch in the winery. Hand-picking, gentle pressing, long and slow (spontaneous) fermentations and ageing in large used Slavonian oak casks for up to 36 months are all decisions that help to preserve the purity of each individual terroir. This is one of Tuscany’s truly great artisans.    Read More

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