Borgo Scopeto Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC (375ml)

  • Wine Type

    Dessert

  • Size

    375ml

  • Vintage

    —-

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Tuscany

  • Sub-Region

    Chianti Classico

  • Grape

    MalvasiaTrebbiano Toscano

  • Farming Method

    ConventionalMost products with this label come from producers who do their best to avoid any intervention at all but it’s possible that some of the aforementioned preventative measures and additions are deemed necessary. Learn More

  • Food Pairing

    CustardsFoie GrasFruit based desserts

In 1997, the Borgo Scopeto estate was sold to Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini and Alessandra Angelini, it was their first wine purchase in Tuscany. In 1999, Elisabetta purchased more land in Morellino di Scansano DOCG where she planted vines for Doga delle Clavule; two other estates- Caparzo and Altesino of Montalcino, were both purchased in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Borgo Scopeto covers 503 ha in Castelnuovo Berardenga- 6 ha are dedicated to the buildings of the Borgo and 350 ha are woodlands; 70 ha are vineyards and 50 ha are planted with olive trees. Within their vineyard plantings, 40 ha are Chianti in Classico with plantings of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot.

The Sozzini family, which kept the property until the mid-nineteenth century (it dates back to around 1000, though), developed the estate’s wine program to a certain extent but it wasn’t until more recently that Borgo Scopeto improved the quality and begin to bottle its own wines. 1990’s vintage was the first time “Chianti Classico” and Borgo Scopeto appeared on the same label.

Tasting Notes

This special after dinner wine is a treat for all the senses, from its vibrant golden yellow colour to its ethereal and intense bouquet of dried fruit.  The palate is sweet and velvety without being cloying thanks to harmonious and balancing acidity.  Elevate your dessert course with a glass of Vin Santo.  Enjoy with sweets like biscuits and cookies, pies, pastries, fruit tarts and custards.  It also makes a decadent partner to salty and rich foods like blue cheese and foie gras.  Serve around 12 – 14 °C.  This is a wine that can age and develop for 15 years plus!   

Method

Legend has it that the name Vin Santo derives from the Council held in Florence in 1439, when the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Giovanni Bessarione said, upon drinking the undiluted wine, “This is the wine of Xantos,” referring perhaps to a Greek dessert wine made on Santorini. His companions, who had confused the word “Xantos” with “Santos,” thought he had found qualities worthy of saintliness in the wine. In any case, from that moment on the wine was called Vin Santo.  This sweet wine has a long production process rooted in tradition and many farmers would make their own to enjoy on special occassions. 

Borgo Scopeto’s Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is made from Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia grapes that are dried after harvest for three months, then gently pressed and fermented in partly filled French oak barriques for 12 months.  The wine then ages for four years in small casks called caratelli.    

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