• "Barone Ricasoli" Chianti DOCG 2018

      “Barone Ricasoli” Chianti DOCG 2018

      Powerful ruby garnet, violet reflections and light edge. Correct, delicious, clear, fruity, juicy, spicy, original and yet modern. Beautiful dark berry fruit, delicate wood and herb spices and a hint of tobacco. This Chianti, named after the inventor of Chianti, is worth every cent of its purchase price. SUPERIORE.DE

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      The 2017 vintage received the following awards:

      • Jancis Robinson:15,5 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 6 months large wooden barrel
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,40 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,30 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 0,90 g/l
      • Sulfite: 88 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,40
      • Closure: Screw cap
      • Serving Temperature: 16-18 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2022
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09123218 ·  0,75 l · 10,33 €/l · Price incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      7,75 €
    • "Brolio" Chianti Classico DOCG 2018

      “Brolio” Chianti Classico DOCG 2018

      Rich, dark shimmering ruby. Open-hearted, dense bouquet of blackberry, plums and in the background a delicate touch of cloves. Juicy on the palate, shows smooth tannin, spreads nicely. Every year a great Chianti Classico with an exemplary price-quality ratio. SUPERIORE.DE

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      The 2017 vintage received the following awards:

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Doctor Wine:91 points
      • James Suckling:92 points
      • Merum:
      • Falstaff:92 points
      • Grape Varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 12 months barrique
      • Development: Barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 26,90 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,45 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,35 g/l
      • Sulfite: 105 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,38
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2024
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09122518 · 0,75 l · 18,07 €/l · Price incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      13,55 €
    • "Torricella" Bianco Toscano IGT 2017

      “Torricella” Bianco Toscano IGT 2017

      Torricella is a brilliant cuvée of Chardonnay (9 months wooden barrel) and Sauvignon Bianco (9 months stainless steel tank). The complex bouquet reminds of citrus fruits, white flowers and honey, on the palate wonderfully fresh and velvety balanced. The full and fresh fruit is joined by a fine hint of vanilla and cinnamon, which lingers long and harmoniously. SUPERIORE.DE

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :91 points
      • Grape Varieties: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon
      • Cultivation: close to nature
      • Expansion: 9 months Tonneau/stainless steel
      • Development: Stainless steel tank
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,00 % vol
      • Total Acidity: 6,10 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 4,20 g/l
      • Sulfite: 87 mg/l
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 10-12 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2023
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09120117 · 0,75 l · 19,36 €/l · Price incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      14,52 €
    • "Rocca Guicciarda" Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017

      “Rocca Guicciarda” Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017

      Francesco Ricasoli, likeable and ambitious owner of the Castello di Brolio, brings out the elegance and finesse as well as a wonderful depth of fruit in his wines. Rocca Guicciarda Riserva is a soft, silky wine. Dark ruby, rich, open bouquet of cherry and pomegranate, with a fine almond and tobacco note. A wine that is very juicy and is an early drinking pleasure, but whose complexity of taste increases enormously as it matures. SUPERIORE.DE

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      The 2016 vintage received the following awards:

      • Falstaff:92 points
      • Grape Varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 24 months barrique/Tonneaux
      • Development: partial barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 13,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 28,65 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,95 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,89 g/l
      • Sulfite: 115 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,35
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2025+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09122217 · 0,75 l · 20,67 €/l · Price incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      15,50 €
    • "Brolio Bettino" Chianti Classico DOCG 2016

      “Brolio Bettino” Chianti Classico DOCG 2016

      This small edition red wine, now vinified in the 3rd vintage, is dedicated to Bettino Ricasoli, who wrote down the grape variety mixture of today's Chianti as early as 1872. But he was much more than that: two times Prime Minister of the united Italy (1861 and 1866), founder of the daily newspaper "La Nazione", agricultural researcher and "father" of the first Chianti product specification. The creation of this wine interprets his untiring will to create an independent Chianti style that is both traditional and contemporary to this day.

      The unfiltered bottled Chianti Classico Brolio Bettino captivates with an intense ruby red. The intense and inviting scent of dark fruits is lined with noble balsamic notes. Flawless taste with well proportioned acidity and perfectly integrated tannin, powerful and long. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Sparkling ruby red with a bright edge. In the nose fresh cherries and cranberries. Crunchy palate with balanced fruit-acid play, pithy in the middle with fine melting, very harmonious in the attack and course, high drinking fun! Falstaff

      "This is a terrific expression of Sangiovese with bright fruit, dense textural fiber and balanced acidity. The 2016 Chianti Classico Brolio Bettino plays all of its cards with an expert hand. It boasts impeccable balance, especially considering the relationship between its core of dark black fruit and the elegance and power of its long-lasting finish. Crushed stone notes appear as well." Robert Parker

      • Vinibuoni:
      • Robert Parker:93 points
      • Falstaff:92 points
      • Grape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 18 months Tonneau
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: no
      • Alcohol Content: 13,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 28,10 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,55 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,21 g/l
      • Sulfite: 117 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,44
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2026
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09124516 · 0,75 l · 24,56 €/l · Price incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      18,42 €
    • "Brolio" Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015

      “Brolio” Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015

      Brolio Riserva is classic in its composition, in its ageing, in its entire appearance from the label to the last sip. Velvety, dense ruby, dense nose with rich fruit, especially blackberry and some elderberry. On the palate it is smooth, the course polished with fine-grained tannin and a long finish. SUPERIORE.DE

      "It opens with aromas of black currant, cedar and a hint of violet while the firmly structured palate offers dried black cherry, vanilla, licorice and a touch of mocha. Assertive but polished tannins provide support." Wine Enthusiast

      "The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Brolio (made with 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals a tight structure with fine textural knitting and overlapping fruit flavors. The wine's seamless integration is very impressive. It shows bright fruit flavors that are offset by spice, tar, smoke and grilled herb. There is nothing too heavy about this Riserva, and that's the best part yet. The mouthfeel is buoyant, long and finessed." Robert Parker

      "The cherry and plum flavors are matched by leather, tobacco and almond notes in this sinewy red. Stays balanced and long, with the ripe fruit offset by dusty tannins." Wine Spectator

      "Dried cranberries, dried redcurrants, blueberries, cedar and dried nutmeg. Full-bodied yet very linear and refined with really driven acidity, which permeates the layers of red fruit right through to the tight finish." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • Robert Parker:91+ points
      • Wine Spectator :92 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:90 points
      • Grape Varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 16 months barrique/tonneau
      • Development: partial barrique
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 27,25 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,70 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,25 g/l
      • Sulfite: 118 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,39
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2025+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      19,40 €
    • "Brolio" Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2016

      “Brolio” Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2016

      Brolio Riserva is classic in its composition, in its ageing, in its whole appearance from the label to the last sip. Velvety, dense ruby, dense nose with rich fruit, especially blackberry and some elderberry. On the palate it is smooth, the course polished with fine-grained tannin and a long finish. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Mid ruby. Slightly stalky and a little reductive on the nose. Plenty of concentrated sweet-tangy cherry fruit and grainy tannins. Great balance." Jancis Robinson

      "An articulate and energetic style with delicious roasted fruit and spicy oak drawing you in. Finely crafted, velvety and refined." Decanter

      "This is a fantastic Chianti Classico Riserva that displays blackcurrants, dark plums, redder plums, tulips and cedar. Medium to full body, some really restrained and attractive tannins and a tangy finish." James Suckling

      "An expression of fresh cherry greets the nose in this taut red, yet this remains austere on the palate, with fruit, iron, earth and oak spice flavors bound up in a grip of tannins. Everything is in the right place, but this needs time." Wine Spectator

      "The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Brolio is a terrific wine that lives up to our expectations of a Riserva, while maintaining that playful informality that you don't get in the estate's more contemplative Gran Selezione. Indeed, the Riserva category of Chianti Classico has been largely overlooked ever since Gran Selezione came onto the scene some seven years ago, thus knocking Riserva off the top of the quality pyramid. This wine reminds you why you should take a closer look at Riserva. The bright aromas of dark cherry, spice and tilled earth are fresh and cheerful and are exactly why we are attracted to Chianti Classico in the first place. The mouthfeel is slender and fresh, making this a perfect wine for slices of steak, or tagliata, with porcini mushrooms." Robert Parker

      • Veronelli :91 points
      • Robert Parker:93 points
      • Wine Spectator :93 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Decanter :93 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17 points
      • Grape Varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 16 months barrique/tonneau
      • Development: partial barrique
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 27,25 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,70 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,25 g/l
      • Sulfite: 118 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,39
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2026+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      19,40 €
    • Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC 2011

      Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC 2011

      Bright golden yellow with amber reflections. In the bouquet facets dried apricot, tropical fruit, honey and candied orange peel. On the palate creamy, complex and with fine minerality. A terrific Vin Santo with breathtaking fruit intensity and precision! SUPERIORE.DE

      This vintage has not been rated yet.
      The 2010 vintage received the following awards:

      • Bibenda:
      • Robert Parker:98 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Grape Varieties: 90% Malvasia, 5% Trebbiano, 5% Sangiovese
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: approx. 6 years in Caratelli/cl. oak barrels
      • Development: wooden barrel
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 16,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 166,90 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 7,30 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 123,70 g/l
      • Sulfite: 173 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,46
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 12-14 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2045+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09120311 · 0,5 l · 57,52 €/l · Price incl. VAT, excl. Shipping7 units available

      28,76 €
    • "Casalferro" Rosso Toscana IGT 2015

      “Casalferro” Rosso Toscana IGT 2015

      Pure Merlot, which offers a very spicy nose with complex aromas of red fruits, a powerful and dense body. Large, firm, smooth and with potential for several years. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Intense, dark ruby with a violet hue. Open and inviting nose with nuances of fresh plums, cherries and some rum pot, pithy and spicy. Very juicy with good pressure and fresh, crunchy fruit, enveloping berry spice, long and dense in the finish." Falstaff

      "A pure expression of Merlot, the 2015 Casalferro is a velvety and deeply enriched red wine. The magical forces of sunny Tuscany and exuberant Merlot are combined here to produce a wine of intensity and sweet softness. It caresses the palate, thanks to the softness and the succulent nature of its texture. The warm 2015 vintage also leaves its mark in terms of concentration and richness." Robert Parker

      "This is pure and silky, boasting cherry, raspberry, peony and spice flavors. Intense and harmonious, picking up accents of chocolate, tobacco and mineral on the lingering finish. Merlot." Wine Spectator

      "Spicy oak with red fruit, blueberry and cherry aromas. The palate is gently smoky with fine tannins and a chalky minerality." Decanter

      "Blackberries, blackcurrants, dark plums, Chinese spices and hints of vanilla. Full body, incredibly structured tannins, plenty of juicy blue fruit and a long finish. It's all so balanced and refined yet muscular." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :92 points
      • Robert Parker:92 points
      • Wine Spectator :93 points
      • James Suckling:95 points
      • Decanter :94 points / silver medal
      • Falstaff:94 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 18 months barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 28,02 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,94 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,91 g/l
      • Sulfite: 102 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,35
      • Closure: natural corks
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2030+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      09122415 · 0,75 l · 49,25 €/l · Price incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      36,94 €
    • "Castello di Brolio" Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2015

      “Castello di Brolio” Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2015

      Castello di Brolio - a Super-Chianti Classico of the highest quality Gran Selezione and next to the Colledilà the second flagship of Barone Ricasoli. It comes from the vineyard of the same name, which has been the summer residence of the Ricasoli family since 1141. Powerful ruby, in the fragrance cherries, plums, some tobacco. On the palate it has a mature fruity note, racy, structured, long and full of finesse. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Brilliant, rich ruby with a slight garnet shimmer. Very open and accessible nose, smells seductively of ripe cherries, some cloves and blueberries. Round and smooth in the base and course, a very soft and round Chianti, fine-meshed tannin, a lot of sweet enamel." Falstaff

      "Floral, cherry and bell pepper nose and taste, fine tannins, then a very long finish and gentle oaky aftertaste." Decanter

      "Sweet, ripe cherry and raspberry flavors define this Chianti Classico from start to finish, augmented by almond, iron and tar accents, with a hefty dose of grainy tannins. All the elements come together on the juicy aftertaste." Wine Spectator

      "The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio takes a few minutes to open and settle in the glass. The bouquet here is redolent of pressed cherry and dried blackberry with underbrush, dark spice, forest floor and even a touch of wild porcino mushroom. The mouthfeel is smooth and loosely textured, which gives the wine an accessible and immediate personality. These vineyard sites in Gaiole in Chianti are characterized by crushed alberese rock soils. These unique growing conditions always add to the focus and the sharpness of the aromas." Robert Parker

      "A fresh and linear Gran Selezione Chianti Classico with firm and chewy tannins and dark fruits. Full body. Structured. Give it two or three years to come together." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • Robert Parker:93+ points
      • Wine Spectator :93 points
      • James Suckling:95 points
      • Decanter :92 points / silver medal
      • Falstaff:94 points
      • Grape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 18/21 months barrique/Tonneau
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Development: partial barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 27,51 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 5,76 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 2,07 g/l
      • Sulfite: 119 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,37
      • Closure: natural corks
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2032
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      36,94 €
    • "Castello di Brolio" Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016

      “Castello di Brolio” Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016

      Ricasoli's classic is made from 95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes come from a south-facing plot of land at an ideal altitude of 250 to 450 metres above sea level.

      The 2016 edition of Castello di Brolio is a beautiful wine with great fullness and depth. Intense bouquet of small red berries, violets and spices. On the palate you can feel the precision and structure of an almost perfect 2016 vintage, with a well-proportioned tannin and acidity framework that promises a long life and interesting maturation. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Appealing reception on notes of red berries; smooth progression with well-integrated tannins, has melodiousness, juice and good length. Vinum

      "Shiny, medium-density ruby grenade. Open and accessible nose, shows notes of ripe cherries and raspberry, some orange peel and beeswax. Medium weight on the palate, very well integrated, fine tannin, polished." Falstaff

      "The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Brolio is a beautiful wine, dense, rich and lasting. The bouquet is intense and profound with layers of red and purple fruit that cede softly to spice, leather and sweet tobacco. The classic 2016 vintage is characterized by its freshness, precision and cellar-worthiness. You get all those qualities here in one very elegant but also food-friendly package." Robert Parker

      "There’s lots of clove character here, but the fruit really shines through, offering up intense hibiscus, orange rind, cranberries, Thai basil and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and really structured and refined with an agile core of red berries and savory undertones. Long but minerally on the finish." James Suckling

      • Gambero Rosso:
      • Veronelli :92 points
      • Doctor Wine:94 points
      • Robert Parker:94 points
      • James Suckling:97 points
      • Vinum:17 points
      • Falstaff:93 points
      • Grape Varieties: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 18/21 months barrique/tonneau
      • Development: partial barrique
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,55 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,05 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,95 g/l
      • Sulfite: 98 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,42
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2034+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      37,92 €
    • "Casalferro" Rosso Toscana IGT 2016

      “Casalferro” Rosso Toscana IGT 2016

      Pure Merlot, which offers a very spicy nose with complex aromas of red fruits, a powerful and dense body. Large, firm, smooth and with potential for several years. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Bright ruby with a slight violet tint. In the nose it shows notes of tobacco and liquorice, lots of blackberry. Lots of juicy fruit on the palate, fine tannin, lots of crisp acidity." Falstaff

      "Full and juicy with lots of ripe fruit and spices. Firm and silky tannins. A little tight now but shows potential." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :94 points
      • James Suckling:93 points
      • Falstaff:92 points
      • Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: 18 months barrique
      • Development: Barrique
      • Vegan Clearing: yes
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Total Extract: 29,05 g/l
      • Total Acidity: 6,15 g/l
      • Residual Sugar: 1,75 g/l
      • Sulfite: 89 mg/l
      • ph-Value: 3,39
      • Closure: Natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2033+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      37,92 €
    About the winemakers
    Barone Ricasoli | Brolio
    Tuscany | Chianti
    Barone Ricasoli | Brolio

    The Castello di Brolio family estate sits peacefully on a picturesque hill in the Chianti mountains, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cypresses. Baron Bettino Ricasoli first determined in the late 1860s which grape varieties a Chianti could contain at this magnificent location in the municipality of Gaiole. Inspired by the French wine philosophy, Castello di Brolio, one of the oldest wineries in the world, has launched three particularly fine wines on the market.

    The most famous wine of the house - Chianti Classico "Castello di Brolio" - is produced mainly from Sangiovese and aged 18 months in barriques. Other premium wines include the pure Merlot "Casalferro" and the three recently vinified Sangiovese "Colledilà", CeniPrimo and Roncicone, all of which are in the top Chianti Classico category Gran Selezione. The noble drops are the result of a development that began in 1993: At that time Francesco Barone Ricasoli had taken over the vineyard. He immediately launched an ambitious quality offensive: New vineyards were planted and a scientifically based programme of selection and reproduction of the best old Sangiovese clones was initiated. The youngest offspring of the famous noble family also analysed the individual vineyards - a total of around 250 hectares of vineyards on 1,200 hectares of land - in order to better understand the characteristics of the vineyards and the influence of the soil on the wine and to be able to avoid mistakes on the way from the grape to the bottle. Chief oenologist Carlo Ferrini, who knows Chianti and its wines very well, played a large part in the qualitative high flight of the Castello di Brolio. SUPERIORE.DE

    "The history of the Ricasoli estate is inextricably linked to that of Chianti Classico. Even today, the winery is considered to be a model of the production area." Gambero Rosso

    "Exciting work is underway at Barone Ricasoli to study and map the soil characteristics at the Brolio property. To commemorate these efforts, the estate now has three single-vineyard Chianti Classico Gran Selezione wines, two of which are being presented for the first time. Francesco Ricasoli and his team have identified 19 different soil types during their zoning efforts. The five principal soils are Macigno del Chianti (well-draining sand and rocks called "arenarie"), Scaglia Toscana (or schist-based Galestro), Monte Morello (otherwise known as Alberese limestone with calcareous clay rock), Marine Deposits (with Pliocene marine sediments and sandy deposits) and, lastly, Ancient Fluvial Terrace (or poorly structure silty deposits with clay). The three new wines tasted in this report represent the last three soil types in this list.

    To recap: The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà represents the Monte Morello soils. This single-vineyard parcel measures 7.6 hectares and was planted in 2002 on very rocky soils that are rich in calcium carbonate, clay and rich in organic substances. These qualities give this wine its sharpness and focus, which promise long cellar aging.

    The second wine is the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Roncicone that represents Marine Deposit soils. This is a 10.1-hectare parcel that was planted to vines between 1998 and 2000 at a density of 6,000 plants per hectare. The soils are rich in marine fossils with sand at the top and thicker clay under that topsoil. My impression of this wine is that it is the most immediate and softly textured.

    The third wine, the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione CeniPrimo, represents the Ancient Fluvial Terrace. CeniPrimo is a 6.4-hectare parcel planted in 1998 with southwest exposures. This site is located in a valley by the Arbia River, and the soils are very complex at this location with alluvial deposits and clay that is low in organic materials and lower in limestone content. To my palate, this expression was the most nuanced and multifaceted. I would expect this wine to evolve slowly, going through many different incarnations, over the years." Monica Larner (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)

    Facts

    • Year of foundation: 1141
    • Owner: Francesco Ricasoli
    • Oenologist: Carlo Ferrini
    • Annual production: approx. 2,000,000 bottles
    • Vineyard: approx. 250 hectares
    • Conventional cultivation