Only 4,000 bottles of Gran Selezione, the highest quality level in Chianti Classico, are produced in 2013 by Capannelle, which is known among wine lovers for its excellent wines. A guarantor for enjoyment at the highest level. SUPERIORE.DE
"Delicate, fine fruit, very balanced and persistent, with a racy structure. Dense, rich and pithy, very good freshness, remains very firm on the palate, with excellent depth." Weinwisser
"Powerful, sparkling ruby with a slight garnet shimmer. Intense nose, with notes of liquorice and tobacco, orange peel, plums and raspberry. Velvety and full at the same time on the palate, shows much ripened berry fruit, especially raspberry, opens with very smooth and dense tannin, very long reverberation". Falstaff
"Pressed iris, red-skinned berry, underbrush and a whiff of rosemary lead the nose on this 100% Sangiovese. The supple, juicy palate delivers black cherry, white pepper, leather and star anise alongside velvety, polished tannins. It's already accessible but will also age well for the next several years or more." Wine Enthusiastread more
- Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
- Cultivation: close to nature
- Expansion: 12 months big wooden barrel
- Vegan Clearing: yes
- Development: wooden barrel
- Filtration: yes
- Alcohol Content: 13,00 % vol
- Closure: natural corks
- Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
- Storage Potential: 2023+
- Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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"Shift to first gear!" Once you've been to Capannelle, you'll never forget the steep road. The word "Weinberg" suddenly becomes perceptible. And at the top, quasi on the summit, the famous estate of Capannelle is enthroned, whose roots go back to the 16th century.
Gaiole in Chianti is located in the southeast of the Chianti Classico area, near Siena, with the highest vineyards in the region. Here the soils are varied. Alternating stony, clayey and calcareous, but also loamy. Ideal conditions for elegant red wines. Especially for Sangiovese, the parade variety of Chianti. The lime guarantees finesse and coolness, often almost aristocratic structure, the clay brings substance and body. Added to this is the special microclimate. Cool nights and constant wind from the mountains in the east and warm sunshine during the day on the steep south-west-facing slopes guarantee a distinctive fruit.
Raffaele Rossetti, who bought the property in 1974 and planted the first vineyards with Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo and olive groves, recognized this. The old villa was lovingly renovated and furnished with original furniture, the historic 6-metre table today serves not only as a tasting stage, but also for legendary wine dinners. The estate also includes a small exclusive resort.
The current owner, James B. Sherwood, is the founder of Orient Express hotels and trains, and fell in love with the refuge 20 years ago. He was also the one who decided to make Capannelle an international name in the wine scene. Little by little, he bought a few additional hectares, without, however, forming a gigantic business out of them, but a "boutiqueinery"as he called it. And indeed, 35 hectares of land are not particularly large for Italy. 16.5 hectares of which are vineyards, the rest are olive groves and woods.
A special jewel is the cellar, which was beaten into the rocks and thus guarantees a stable natural coolness and humidity throughout the year. The cellar technology is of course state-of-the-art. The oenologist Simone Monciatti and his team are able to process each layer according to the vintage. Steel and wooden fermentation stands for the fermentation, large and small wooden barrels for the slow aging and maturation of the wines.
Capannelle wines have a grandiose maturing potential, 15-20 years are just right for the top reds. That is why they are launched on the market much later than most other wineries. Even the Chianti Classico can still mature for a few years in the cellar, even if it is already delicious to drink when young. Capannelle wines are excellent food companions. Also the complex whites and the rare rosé.
The fact that Capannelle wines have received awards from all renowned tasters for many years is almost self-evident with the effort behind all this. Only 80,000 bottles a year are produced in total. By the way, many of our customers - maybe even you - have long since bought a Capanelle wine from us, perhaps even unconsciously. Because the almost legendary 50 & 50 is a composition of 50% Sangiovese from Capannelle and 50% Merlot from Avignonesi from Montepulciano and is one of the country's cult wines every year.
Year founded: 1974
Owner: James B. Sherwood
Oenologist: Simone Monciatti
Agronomist: Massimo Arnoldi
Annual production: approx. 80,000 bottles
Vineyard: approx. 16 hectares