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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 Chianti Classico Consortium classified 1979 as a 4 star vintage but at Monsanto it is considered one of the best of the entire decade. Chianti Classico producers have disputed the quality of this vintage. It is characterized by the various weather conditions during harvest within the Chianti Classico denomination. The spring was relatively rainy but the summer was warm and the harvest ended later than usual on October 25th. Production in 1979 was average, but the warm and dry summer allowed a perfect maturation of the grapes.

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