Castello Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi Sangioveto (750ml)

  • Wine Type

    Red Wine

  • Size

    750ml

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Country

    Italy

  • Region

    Tuscany

  • Sub-Region

    Chianti Classico

  • Grape

    Sangiovese

  • Food Pairing

    CheesePasta with Tomato SauceRed Meat

Purchased in 1961 by Aldo Bianchi, he started vinifying the grapes from his Il Poggio vineyard separately the next year. Overseen by his son Fabrizio and daughter Laura, the risky move to vinify grapes and plots on their own demonstrated just how much of a force Sangiovese could be and thus, the first Cru of Chianti Classico was born.

Monsanto is located in the central-western part of Chianti Classico and more specifically, Castello di Monsanto is part of the sub-zone of San Donato in Poggio. The vineyards look out across the Elsa Valley, where mistral winds blow in directly from the Tyrrhenian Sea to mitigate the winters and cool the summers. Located between 280 and 320 metres above sea level, the vineyards benefit from a microclimate that allows Sangiovese to ripen uniformly most years. 

Tasting Notes

Dried cherry, fig, spice, chocolate and walnut on the nose.  The palate is full and concentrated with ripe red fruit, sweet tobacco notes, bright acidity and fine grained tannins.  

Method

The Sangioveto Grosso is made from another of the winery’s Crus, the “Scanni” vineyard; it was planted exclusively with Sangiovese vines in 1968 and produced its first harvest in 1974, in an exception to the Chianti Classico denomination rules that stated that no vineyards could be planted with a different ampelography to the historic system devised in 1800. 

The grapes are fermented in truncated conical steel vats at a controlled temperature with pump overs for about 20 days; the wine then rests in 500 litre French oak casks- some new and some second passage, for 18-20 months before another 2 years of rest in bottle. 

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