Fabrizio Bianchi Sangioveto Grosso

Fabrizio Bianchi Sangioveto Grosso I.G.T. Toscana

Fabrizio Bianchi Sangioveto Grosso

I.G.T. Toscana

Our Sangioveto Grosso is made from another of the winery’s Crus, the “Scanni” vineyard. This wine is the embodiment of the revolutionary nature that has always been synonymous with the history of Castello di Monsanto. The vineyard was planted exclusively with Sangiovese vines in 1968 and produced its first harvest in 1974, in an exception to the Chianti Classico denomination rules that stated that no vineyards could be planted with a different ampelography to the historic system devised in 1800. The wine’s dissenting spirit has always been emphasized by the decision to use Burgundy bottles. An IGT wine, it is mellow and silky in its younger years but has a powerful capacity to stand up to aging.

Designation

I.G.T. Toscana Rosso

First year of production

1974

Grape varieties

100% Sangiovese

Training system

Guyot


Vinification

In truncated conical steel vats at controlled temperature with emptying system (Délestage) and pumping over for about 20 days

Maturazione o invecchiamento

In 500 litre French oak casks, some new and some second passage, for 18/20 months

Ageing

Two years of bottle aging

94/100

Doctor Wine

Rubino granato luminoso . Profumi di arancia rossa e di fragola , molto varietali , poi accenni di spezie dolci e lieve tabacco. Sapore teso , elegante e corposo , con tannini eleganti ma non aggressivi, per un'interpretazione ottima di una vendemmia calda

Daniele Cernilli

93/100

James Suckling

A riper red from this vintage with lots of dried-berry, fig and cherry character, as well as chocolate and walnut undertones. ItÕs full-bodied, layered and flavorful. Creamy and chewy tannins

James Suckling

Climate trend

2017 was one of the driest years of the last decades. The first months of the year were variable with some rainfall only at the end of February and March. Some late frosts occurred after that, but from May onwards there was little rainfall and temperatures were always above the seasonal average. There were often high heat spikes in July and August. Only during the first days in September did some rainfall occur, not a lot, but sufficient to stop the heat that had been straining the vines for a long time and to successfully finish the grape ripening process. In order to confront these unusual weather conditions, it was essential to focus on vineyard management and experience in the winemaking process in order to obtain healthy grapes. Despite the significant decrease in production, the 2017 wines are pleasantly surprising in terms of quality. The colour gives a wonderful impression because in general it conveys a very interesting, lively and deep intensity. The aromas are also enjoyable, they are intense, varied with important fruity notes. Tannins are generally mature and smooth in the mouth but with great acidity and minerality which distinguish the Sangiovese grown on Galestro soil. Overall, despite the warm harvest, all the 2017 wines produced at Castello di Monsanto have the potential to improve with age.

Fabrizio Bianchi Sangioveto Grosso