Il Poggio

Il Poggio Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Gran Selezione

Il Poggio

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Gran Selezione

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 overseen by founder 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 from which it comes. 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 vines in the winery’s other vineyards. Over 100,00 bottles have been produced and all of them spend time aging in the castle’s historic cellar, showcasing the wine’s stunning capacity for aging.

Designation

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Gran Selezione

First year of production

1962

Grape varieties

95% Sangiovese; 5% Canaiolo and Colorino

Training system

Guyot and spurred cordon


Vinification

In temperature-controlled truncated conical steel vats with emptying system (Délestage) and pumping over for about 20/22 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

96/100

Decanter

First produced in 1962, Il Poggio is an iconicChianti Classico that stands the test of time.The Bianchi family puts aside 2000 bottles each vintage in its extensive underground tunnel for release at leats 10 years later. Still nascent ,the 2015slowly divulges stunning aroms of cherry blossom, blood orange, eucalyptus, and raspberry. It starts out tight and linear then unravels expanding across the palate with ripe woodland berries underscored by slate. Chalky tannins maintain a firm grip throughtout. This will continue to deliver its complex nuances for at least a couple of decades.

Michaela Morris

97/100

Falstaff

Funkelndes, sattes Rubingranat.Sehr intensive und einladende Nase mit satten Noten nach reifen Kirschen,etwas Preiselbeeren, dazu feineTabaknoten, spannend. Swingt und singt am Gaumen, viel reife Frucht, Kirschenund Zwetschke dominieren, dazu feinmaschiges, sehr gut eingebautes Tannin.

TRE BICCHIERI

Gambero Rosso

La versione 2015 del Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna Il Poggio resterˆ probabilmente memorabile, aromaticamente raffinata , con il frutto che incontra le spezie e i fiori , tocchi leggermente affumicati, ha una strepitosa energia gustativa., articolando con ritmo la struttura ricca e polposa

Guida 2021

96/100

James Suckling

Lots of ripe fruit with plum, berry, chocolate and walnut character. Such pretty, creamy tannins. ItÕs full-bodied and intense with gorgeous fruit and a flavorful finish. Very serious and finely crafted. Che bello! Drink after 2022

James Suckling

94/100

Robert Parker

This is an elegant and graceful wine. The Castello di Monsanto 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna Il Poggio is a dark and sultry expression that maintains the polished and sophisticated house style for which the estate is known. This top shelfs Sangiovese shows a slightly sweet side with dried raspberry and blueberry, but it also delivers a lot of freshness with balsam herb, blue flower , rosemary and cypress tree.

Monica Larner

94/100

Vinous

The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna Il Poggio is a beutiful and compelling wine. High -toned floral and savory notes emerge first, with plenty of sage, cedar , sweet pipe tobacco and crushed rose petal aromatics.Pliant and open, the 2015 is already quite showy.It will drink well with minimal cellaring. In fact, it's already pretty expressive.

Antonio Galloni

95/100

Wine & Spirits

Half the pleasure of this wine is the gorgeous aromas of fresh red cherries , rose petals and wild herbs.Il Poggio's vines

Stephanie Johnson

95/100

Wine Spectator

Balsamic aromas and flavors of juniper, rosemary, sage and loamy earth give way to plum, cherry and iron notes in this dry, powerful red. Burly tannins complete the package. The lasting impression is of ripe fruit, showing some heat in the balance. This screams terroir and needs time to find equilibrium

Bruce Sanderson

Climate trend

The winter was quite mild in 2015, the temperature went below freezing for only a few days. Rainfall was higher than the average from the previous 10 years and this gave a good water reserve for the summer. Spring was moderate too with temperature around 2°C above average with regular rainfall. Summer was hot with low rainfall: the temperature in July was close to 38°C for several days, but no hydric stress occurred, thanks to the water reserve after the abundant rainfall in winter and spring and thanks to the peculiar soil of Monsanto (galestro). This optimal weather trend led to a vintage characterized by considerable quantity and very high quality. The phenolic ripening of Sangiovese was perfect in all the vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon was picked as the last grape on October 14th.

The 2015 vintage has a great potential for ageing.

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