Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
Il Poggio is the most prestigious product of the company, appreciated worldwide and produced only in the best years. The company preserves a considerable quantity of these bottles as an permanent archive that can tell the history of Castello di Monsanto. It is recommended to decant Monsanto Il Poggio Riserva to reduce any natural sediment. Decant into a wide mouthed carafe one hour before serving.
90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo, 3% Colorino. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery after it was presented to him as a wedding gift from his parents. That same year, the pioneering Monsanto was the first winery to make a chianti classico cru from the single 'Il Poggio' vineyard and worked to eliminate white grapes from its Chianti Classico Riserva blend. Further, in 1981 Monsanto harvested the first 100% cabernet sauvignon, Nemo, from the Il Mulino vineyard. The estate covers a total of 509 acres, of which more than half is wooded, while olive orchards occupy an additional 37 acres. Castello di Monsanto is also renowned for its aging cellar with a length of 984 feet, where more than 1,300 barriques can be stored. It was entirely handmade with galestro stones collected from the fields around the winery. A charming walk on a red carpet, among double rows of barrels on each side, lets visitors experience all the magic of the winery and this enchanted cellar. Fabrizio Bianchi produces Monsanto Il Poggio Riserva with sangioveto, canaiolo, and colorino grapes. The Sangioveto grape variety here as the varietal "Sangioveto di Monsanto" has been grown at Monsanto for over 20 years. The name and locality of Monsanto dates back to 998 A.D.; a village of Etruscan origin, then called "Scrutania." Il Poggio is one of the most-special vineyard sites in Tuscany. It produces a wine of such superb structure and richess, it can age for over 30 years.