LabelChiant Classico di Montemaggio IGT Gallo Nero
RegionChianti Classico Region
Wine styleAn intense, elegant bouquet, earthy, mineral, spiced with wild notes typical of Sangiovese grapes enriched with a pinch of red fruit.
Paired withA very versatile wine, perfect with first courses, meat and cheeses, perfect with anything really! Easy drinking!
The Chianti Classico di Montemaggio is a Tuscan red wine produced from predominantly Sangiovese grapes and a small portion of Merlot. It is characterised by a brilliant ruby colour, intense but elegant bouquet, rich with floral aromas, hints of fruits and spices. It has a full body with intense flavour and lasting presence on the palate. A very versatile wine that contains all the quality of the land from which it is produced and brings your senses back in the past up till the Etruscan times. This wine by far is our Best Seller and loved and appreciated really all around the world from our customers in USA to China and worldwide.
It has won numerous awards in various competitions and is truly often the heart of Montemaggio. Since our philosophy is to wait and release wines onto the market when they are fully ready – we usually sell Chianti Classicos which are of 5/6 years of age.
The vineyards are situated at altitudes varying from 450 to 600 metres above sea level. The Sangiovese grapes are usually harvested in the second half of October while the Merlot is picked at the end of September. The two types of grapes undergo fermentation separately in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures (less than 26°C). The Sangiovese is put into Slovenian and French oak casks, while the Merlot is put in barrels of second hand, where the malolactic fermentation takes place and where the young wine stays for the aging. Its important to note that wines we age for much longer than it is advised by the Consortium of Chianti Classico, where the law states that Chianti Classico must age for at least 18 months.
Note from our winemakers
Ilaria Anichini - AgronomistGrape Variety: Mainly Sangiovese with a pinch of Merlot , Growing system: Predominantly Spurred Cordon and Guyot, Refinement: at least 1 year in the bottle, Colour: Brilliant ruby red, close to the colour of pomegranate. Nose: An intense and elegant bouquet, earthy, mineral, spiced with wild notes typical of Sangiovese grapes enriched with a pinch of red fruit. Palate: Savoury, delicate, fresh and with a persistent finish, Ideal serving temperature: 16-18°C.
The Chianti region
The Chianti region in Tuscany, Italy, has a rich history, a reputation that has made a dramatic roller coaster ride and, ultimately, the ability to produce incredible wines with phenomenal value.
Chianti is considered the world's first bounded wine region - a title that dates back to 1716, a time when the Republic of Florence was flourishing and had a hold on much of the wealth of Central Europe.
When the wine was first produced in Chianti, documents indicate that it was a white wine. Only in 1872 was the first mention of the modern version of Chianti wine established, with a letter indicating that Chianti had to be made with at least 70% from Sangiovese, and the other 30% from Canaiolo grapes or a white grape to soften the power of Sangiovese.
The Chianti Classico appellation has some disagreement and confusion in its origin, which ultimately has an effect on the fame of the product. The origin of Chianti Classico was born when an increasing number of producers of inferior quality began to distribute wine under the name Chianti and the boundaries of where Chianti was located became increasingly unclear.
In 1924 a group of producers came together to create the Chianti Classico Consortium in an attempt to protect the quality and heritage of the original Chianti wines. The original Chianti region - now called Chianti Classico - covers 17,640 hectares and extends from just south of Florence to just north of Siena. For reference, the entire Chianti region amounts to 177,500 acres.
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