It was Il Poggio vineyard, way back in 1962, that heralded the start of Castello di Monsanto’s journey in wine production, with the first harvest presided over by founding father Fabrizio Bianchi. Still to this day the company’s most iconic bottle, Il Poggio is the first Chianti Classico to feature the name of the specific vineyard that produces it. White grapes were removed from the recipe in 1968. Il Poggio is the source – thanks to massal selection – of all the Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo plants in the company’s other vineyards. Over 100,00 bottles have been produced, all of them spending time aging in the castle’s historic cellar, illustrating the wine’s stunning aging capacity.
|Appellation||Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Gran Selezione|
|First year of production||1962|
|Grapes||95% Sangiovese e 5% Colorino e Canaiolo|
|Cultivation method||Guyot e spurred cordon|
|Vinification||In temperature-controlled truncated conical steel vats with emptying system (Délestage) and pumping over for about 20/22 days|
|Aging||In 500-liter French oak barrels, partly new and partly second-hand for 18/20 months|
|Bottle refining||2 years in bottle|