Testimonials

Testimonials

“The Chianti Classico Il Poggio” is unquestionably one of Tuscany’s top wines. It’s site should be a prime candidate for the Tuscan equivalent of Grand Cru, should any classification ever be made
(Nicolas Belfrage MW The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy)

No estate in Chianti Classico has provided me with more great memories of that region’s wines than Castello di Monsanto… This wines is what great Chianti is all about
(Robert Parker Jr, 1989)

…one strong message that evokes the absolute values of time and space, of sacrifice, of maniacal precision, of genius, of savoir-faire, of solidity
(Antonio Boco – Gambero Rosso)

From its beginning in 1962, Castello di Monsanto has always been one of Italy’s most innovative wine estates. Today, 55 years later, the estate is known as one of the crown jewels of the Chianti Classico zone
(Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator)

Monsanto needs no introduction because there is quite simply no better Chianti Classico winery. If the Riservas of Monsanto are superb , the single vineyard Il Poggio Riservas are divine
(Wine on the Table, 1990 William Clifford)

Wine of archetypal elegance, born revolutionary and innovative. Today, 50 years down the line, it is a jewel in the crown of our traditions. The Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio is the product of an extraordinary vineyard and the towering sensitivity of its creator, Fabrizio Bianchi
(Antonio Boco, Gambero Rosso 2011)

A series of revolutions have propelled Monsanto into the exclusive club of the best Italian wineries… The Monsanto vineyard is the product of a deep dialog between humans and the environment which encapsulates the essence of the concept of terroir
(Slow Wine 2011)

Sublime wines, impressive terroir, certainly one of the best in Chianti, wines that have been aged for long periods
(Luciano Pignataro, 2012)

Local feel, style and understated persistence are at the heart of one of the greatest examples of Sangiovese
(Bibenda 2009).

Few other companies can say to have made the contribution Castello di Monsanto has to the qualitative revolution in the area
(Gambero Rosso, 2011)

The chance to buy impeccably stored older vintages of unquestioned provenance is a huge service to consumers
(Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate 2008)

Fabrizio Bianchi makes what many italian wine fanciers consider to be the single greatest Chianti- the Riserva Il Poggio
(The New York Wine Cellar, 1993)

Fabrizio Bianchi was a trailblazer
(Luca Gardini, Panorama top100, 2013)

Monsanto is a key producer in the Tuscan wine scene. From its basic wines to its reserves, it provides a clear snapshot of an excellent region
(Daniele Cernilli, Doctor Wine 2014)

The wines made at Castello di Monsanto are some of the most consistent in the entire Chianti Classico appellation. Year in and year out, they offer an immpecably clean perspective that is always characterized by varietal and vintage
(Monica Larner, Robert Parker 2014)

Castello di Monsanto is widely considered one of the top dozen Chianti Classico estates of today, especially if its top wine, the Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio, is mentioned. 
(Antonio Galloni, Vinous)

Down there, underground, the wines of tomorrow age while those of today rest, alongside an archive of historic vintages with few rivals anywhere in the world
(Antonio Boco)

The Monsanto style is one that has been so consistent for years. There is excellent depth of fruit, with ideal ripeness; there is never an overripe or jammy sensation. Oak adds a hint of spice, but in a very subdued manner and the tannins are gently presented. The complexity of these wines, combined with a true sense of place, give these wines their identity
(Tom Hyland, Forbes 2019)

Il Poggio was honored at the Gault-Millau Olympics in Paris in 1971
(Daniel Thomases 2003)

Fabrizio Bianchi’s background had instilled in him an instinct for the best
(Steven Spurrier 2003)

Castello di Monsanto remains a reference-point estate in Chianti Classico, with classically leaning wines that deliver superb quality as well as value”
(Antonio Galloni – Vinous)

Monsanto’s Wines are the benchmark for the heights Chianti Classico can attain 
(Robert Parker)

The name Monsanto is synonymous with age-worthy Chianti Classicos 
(James Suckling)

The most beautiful winery in Chianti Classico
(Viaggio In Chianti, 2003)

This company is not afraid of numbers or difficult years and has shown it can take risks both in the vineyard and in the winery. It shows deep knowledge and respect and is able – even today – to deliver unexpected surprises and bottles that tell the tale of a past which does not fear the future
(Francesco Saverio Russo, 2018)

The Castello di Monsanto winery is the biggest spectacle since the Big Bang
(Fernando Pardini, 2016)

One of the most beautiful and charming wineries in all of Tuscany
(Vini Buoni D’Italia, 2004)

Bianchi’s wines are clearly recognizable as monumental works of art… no other Chianti Classico can be compared to it
(Wine & Spirit)

Fabrizio Bianchi is one of the pioneers of quality wine in Italy
(Il Mattino, 2003)

Il Poggio is in our considerable experience without question the single finest Chianti Classico and one of the world’s viticultural treasures. Is simply in a class by itself, it’s the epitome of what a Chianti Classico can be
(Sheldon & Pauline Wasserman – Italy’s Noble Red Wines  1985)

One of the most fascinating companies in Chianti Classico. Monsanto is a producer capable of showcasing a coherent and rigorous expression of traditional and classic influences
(Vini d’Italia 2016)

Monsanto has shown such consistency that we have come to expect fiercely local wines that are created with absolute precision
(Vini d’Italia 2013)

One of the oldest companies in Chianti Classico, they have done extraordinary things and helped to bring about innovation within the denomination and push its boundaries
(Vini d’Italia 2015)

Wines that can stand up to the passing of time like few others. They have always been a go-to product for lovers of fine wines
(Vini d’Italia 2017)

I’ve tried many different years, a splendid one, the Monsanto Chianti Classico di Barberino Val D’Elsa
(Luigi Veronelli, Panorama 1977)

Monsanto is the project-based demonstration that maintaining, indeed enriching, perfection is possible. The work that leaves you breathless, because it has the highest element in the construction of beauty, when the passionate dedication overflows into the most absurd effort, is without a doubt the barrel cellar, which began in 1986 and ended in 1992
(Eleonora Guerini, Il Grande Libro Illustrato del Vino Italiano 2019)