La Chimera

La Chimera Vinsanto D.O.C. del Chianti Classico

La Chimera

Vinsanto D.O.C. del Chianti Classico

Made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes harvested in October and left to dry until early February, Castello di Monsanto’s Vinsanto is produced according to strict traditions. The must is stored for a decade in small casks, which are exposed to the elements in the Vinsantaia throughout summer and winter. No technological analysis is performed – all that’s required is infinite passion for a great Chianti tradition. This sweet wine is not just for desserts, its acidic structure gives an outstanding elegance and persistence, enabling it to stand up to unusual food pairings.



First year of production


Grape varieties

50% Trebbiano and 50% Malvasia

Training system



Withered grapes on racks

Maturazione o invecchiamento

12 years in 50 and 100 litre casks made from chestnut, oak, and cherry wood.


One year of bottle aging

Climate trend

The producers of the entire zone recognized the 1971 vintage as exceptional. Budding began earlier than usual (around the second week of March for the Sangiovese) and even the flowering in May, which was dry and sunny, occurred somewhat in advance. July and August were mild but extremely dry (10 mm of rainfall in August) and the miraculous 48 mm of rain that fell in the first week of September was of great assistance in the ripening of the grapes. Weather conditions were stable throughout the harvest.

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