Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG IL POGGIO

New Release

RELEASE LOCATION:LCBO Vintages Classics Catalogue
WINERY:Castello di Monsanto
WINEMAKER:Laura Bianchi
DISTRICT:Barberino Val d' Elsa DOCG
VARIETAL:Sangiovese blend
Stock Status: Coming Soon

Per Case / Size: 6 x 750ml

Intro: The Monsanto winery is owned by the Bianchi family. Father, Fabrizio and daughter, Laura manage the Winery today.
Castello di Monsanto owns some of the best vineyard sites within the appellation and is home to the largest reserves of Chianti Classico in Tuscany. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery. That same year, pioneering Monsanto was the first winery to make a Chianti Classico Cru from the single ‘Il Poggio’ vineyard and worked to eliminate white grapes from Chianti Classico Riserva blend. Further, in 1981 Monsanto harvested the first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Nemo, from the Il Mulino vineyard.

Description: Born in the vineyard “Il Poggio” (5.5 Ha, 310 metres a.s.l.) from which in 1962, it took its name: it is the first Chianti Classico Cru. Made of 90% Sangiovese and from 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino. Today it represents the most prestigious product of the company, appreciated all over the world. It is produced only in the best vintages. The company has chosen to keep a considerable quantity of bottles of this wine in the cellar being the permanent archives, able to tell the history of Castello di Monsanto.

Vinification: This wine ages for 20 months in French oak barrels.

Flavours: Taut nose full of potential, refined red and some black fruit, smoke and vanilla; real density on the palate with good structure for an elegant future; drink between 10 and 20 years and probably much more.

Food Pairings: Although it is a sophisticated wine that deserves to hold court with the best one has to offer, it also has a way of making ordinary country foods seem like haute cuisine. Beef tenderloin, with a brush of olive oil, garlic, mint, and rosemary; pheasant, stuffed with braised vegetables, porcini mushrooms and a hint of truffle; and Lamb Osso Bucco; roasted herb encrusted lamb chops.

Review: 2016 GAMBERO ROSSO score: 3 glasses out of 3
DECANTER Score: 95/100
JAMES SUCKLING Score: 93/100
DOCTOR WINE.COM Score: 97/100
Antonio Galloni's VINOUS.COM Score: 96/100