The 3 new Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Complexity in biodiversity
Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga and Radda in Chianti.
Castellina in Chianti
Derives from a selection of 11 of the best vineyard plots surrounding the hamlet of Fonterutoli.
A wine from the vineyard of the same name, home to 36 different biotypes of Sangiovese deriving from ﬁfty years of research.
Radda in Chianti
A wine born from the estate’s highest vineyards, below the 12th-century church of La Badiola.
The 2017 Vintage
It’s hard to remember such a remarkable season as 2017, when a succession of challenging weather events demanded all our instinct and expertise.
A frost around 20 April was followed by a spring and summer when it hardly rained at all, with summer temperatures hitting the high notes and inducing a water stress that limited grape growth and reduced bunch weight.
Towards the end of the season we took a gamble, waiting for September rains, and were rewarded with 130mm of rainfall in twenty days, which together with an abrupt fall in temperatures (with lows reaching 5°C) gave the grapes new vigour.
Grape quality was therefore good overall with peaks of excellence, far exceeding our pre-rainfall expectations, though yields were down 35% on the yearly average.
2017 turned out to be of those ‘textbook’ years when great experience and a careful monitoring of every single vineyard, on a tailored, plot-by-plot basis, were essential to winemaking success.