1996 CASTELL'IN VILLA CHIANTI CLASSICO 'PDR'Castell'in Villa
Producer: Castell’in Villa
Grape: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Castelnuovo Berardegna, Toscana
Zone: DOCG of Chianti Classico
Castell-in Villa is one of the most historic estates in Chianti Classico Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa and her husband found the property in 1967 and purchased it the following year. Initially, Princess Coralia and her husband thought they would make wine for fun. Princess Coralia's father, a Greek aristocrat, demurred at the thought of his daughter becoming a peasant. At the time, there was just one hectare under vine, but planting began in earnest in 1968 following the suggestions of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, which included white grapes that ended up being used for the first vintages. This tasting covered a number of vintages of the flagship Chianti Classico Riserva going back to the inaugural 1971.
Tasting note: “Nose of great complexity, with violets, ripe plum and almond paste vying with savoury-earthy aromas of undergrowth and iron filings. Opens with sweet fruit and slowly develops refined silky texture on the palate. Long, soft finish with lovely balance” . -Richard Baudain, Decanter Online August 2014
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: Alluvial soil with pebbles and a mixture of lime, clay and sand.
Production: This wine is made purely from a selection of our own Sangiovese cuttings, which have then been planted in this particular vineyard, which gives its name to the wine. It has been vinified according to the high standards and special methods used here at Castell’in Villa and then stored in new French oak barriques for more than 18 months.
Alcohol (%) 13.5%