2019 Antinori ‘Peppoli’ Chianti Classico

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker: Renzo Cotarella and Marquise Piero Antinori

Established Date: 1385

The Pèppoli vineyards produce a Chianti Classico that is a blend made from Sangiovese grapes and complementary varieties.. Each grape variety was harvested separately, destemmed, gently crushed and transferred into stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature between 26 and 28 °C (80 – 82 °F) to enhance aromatic compounds and preserve the fruity and floral notes of each grape variety. Maceration was performed with mechanical devices to best extract soft supple tannins over a period of 10 days for Sangiovese and two weeks for the complementary varieties. Once malolactic fermentation was completed, at the end of the winter season for all grape varieties, the wine was blended and transferred into barrels. Pèppoli aged in large Slavonian oak barrels for approximately 9 months and a small percentage was aged in stainless steel vats. Bottling was done in December 2019.


Sommelier’s Recommendation

This Chianti Classico is from one of the oldest and most prestigious families. Ruby red in colour. with intense notes of red fruit,  hints of spices, aromatic herbs and notes of light toasting complete its bouquet. On the palate it’s vibrant, with fine tannins and notes of spices and fruits that reflect the nose. A medium and pleasant finish that make you go back to the glass for another sip.  Peppoli pairS beautifully with Lamb and is a  great wine for every occasion.

The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild. All throughout its history, twenty-six generations long, the Antinori family has managed the business directly making innovative and sometimes bold decisions while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and the environment.

The Pèppoli estate is located 5 kilometers north east of the Tenuta Tignanello estate with a total area of 100 hectares (247 acres) of which 50 hectares (123 acres) are planted with vineyards and is home to Peppoli Chianti Classico DOCG.

In 1379, when the Guelphs were defeated by the Ghibellines, the nearby monastery of Badia a Passignano was partially destroyed and later abandoned. Its extensive properties, including Tenuta Pèppoli, were divided among Florentine noble families. The first owners were the Gondi family and then the Cerchi family who built a small elegant chapel dedicated to their ancestor Saint Umiliana in the sixteenth century. The chapel has been recently restored to its original splendor. Marchesi Antinori has owned the estate since 1985, the year of their 600th anniversary of the family’s winemaking business. The Vallombrosian monks have cared for the vineyards since the Middle Ages.