2019 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico


Region: Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany Italy

Viticulture: Certified Organic

Winemaker: Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi

Established Date: 1984


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 can easily mature for eight years, more in the best vintages.

Sommelier’s Recommendation

Chianti Classico is one of the world’s most underrated regions. It is different from regular Chainti as they have better vineyards on better soils in better locations which in turn makes MUCH better wine. A  string of fantastic vintages since 2015 has shot Chianti Classico onto the world stage. The wine is predominantly Sangiovese is is from the most historic sites in the centre of the region.  A beautiful wine that works with a huge range of foods. This wine is fresh, clean and jumping out of the glass with bright red fruits and earthy tones that give it such a wide array of aromas and flavours.

Rocca di Montegrossi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico, about seven kilometres from Gaiole. Marco Ricasoli-Firadolph is part of the Ricasoli family that wrote the story of Chianti Classico, creating the formula for the wine we know today at the site of what is now his San Marcellino vineyard. The estate covers 60 hectares, of which 18 are under vine and 20 with olives trees. The vineyards are situated on gently sloping hills that are calcareous origin, at between 300-450 metres and planting densities range from 3,300 vines per hectare in the old vineyards to 5200-6200 in the new. The soil is very rocky and just planting a vineyard here is costly exercise thanks to the work required to break the ground. But, the flip side is that the vines are forced deep into the soil and yields are naturally low.

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