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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Chianti Classico 2021

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When looking for a style of Chianti for our 150th birthday range, one that reflects the history of the region, we went immediately to Francesco Ricasoli, whose family has been making wine in Chianti Classico at Castello di Brolio since the 12th century. This traditional example has wonderful lift, with red apple and rosemary aromas and great elegance. For a video message from the winemaker, and for more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £14.95 Bottle
Price: £179.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: IT37111

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Sangiovese
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 14% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

More on the wine

We may be celebrating our 150th anniversary, however the first stones laid at Brolio Castle date back to the Middle Ages, with records detailing the Ricasoli family's ownership going back to 1141, so their next big anniversary will be their 900th!

The castle and surrounding 240 hectares have a long history of vine growing as part of a working mixed agricultural estate that still includes olive groves, woodland areas and livestock.

For such an historic estate, the other factor that drew us to partner with them on this wonderful Chianti Classico was the way in which current owner and President, Francesco Ricasoli, has so skilfully modernised the winery and taken incredible steps to render the vineyards as truly sustainable, guaranteeing the estate’s future.

His laser focus on Sangiovese, even to the point of commissioning detailed studies into his own clonal trials, coupled with his meticulous vinification of small plot by plot production, means that his Estate Chianti is often one of the most polished textbook examples I try each year, perfect for a representative spot in this celebratory range. This traditional example has wonderful lift, with red apple and rosemary aromas and great elegance.

Castello di Brolio

The imposing Castello di Brolio is where the Ricasoli Barons started making wine in 1141 and this historic estate has one of the best positions of all the Chianti Classico vineyards, looking south towards the ancient enemy Siena (over the centuries the Ricasoli family have fought on the Florentine side during the many conflicts between Florence and Siena ).

Francesco Ricasoli has been improving his wine with each vintage since taking over the property in 1993 following several years of mismanagement by previous owners, paying particular attention to the work carried out in the vineyards and lowering yields to attain riper fruit.

Brolio now has 240 hectares of vines all re-planted with superior clones. The whole estate has been carefully zoned according to soil type, and as a result they now make 200 separate vinifications. The vineyards are at heart weathered sandstone with galestro in front of the castle and limestone for the single-vineyards at 500metres with some land at 250m on alluvial soil. There are three outstanding single-vineyard Gran Selezione bottlings, the most important of which is Colledilà from the hill opposite the castle. The others are Roncicone and Ceni-Primo. Also produced is a fine 'Chiantified' merlot called Casalfero.

Once the fruit reaches the modern cellars, at the foot of the slope on which the castle sits, they are fed to the vats using only gravity. Once fermented the wines are transferred to barrels and barriques for maturation.

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