Brancaia, Chianti Classico 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Tuscany

  • ABV:

    13.00%

  • Grape:

    Sangiovese

  • Grape Blend:

    Sangiovese 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Barbara Widmer

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Brancaia Chianti Classico 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This is the Brancaia estate's second wine, a concentrated, rich, persistent and refined Chianti Classico based on Sangiovese. The grape is interpreted in a more modern way in the production of this wine.

Production Notes

Sourced from the south facing Brancaia vineyards at an altitude of 230 m and the similarly exposed Poppi vineyard at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level. The must was fermented at 28-30 deg. and the maceration period was 10-13 days. This wine matures for 12 months in 2/3 stainless steel tanks and 1/3 concrete.

Critics Reviews

JancisRobinson.com 17pts (2016) - Mid to light cherry red. Seductive cherry aroma but also some spice and a more savoury edge � classic unoaked Sangiovese. Initial impression is straightforward fruit but there�s a real purity here, giving finesse and persistence. Elegant and finely textured. (JH)

Producer Profile

You will find Brancaia in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, encompassing three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma (Grosseto). Brancaia has been owned and operated by Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. The estate came to instant fame with its outstanding 1983 Chianti Classico. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality, the wines of Brancaia continue to stand out and command the attention and praise of Tuscan wine lovers and international wine critics. In addition to their powerful Chianti Classico, they produce a range of Supertuscans that have garnered cult status. Brancaia are constantly searching for ways to improve their work in the vineyard and the cellar, taking respect for nature as their foundation. They see work in the vineyard as a flow of energy that must be respected to the highest degree. To put this into practice every year in the best possible way, they invest about 450 man hours per hectare with an average yield of 5,500 kg per hectare; quality matters more than quantity.Brancaia work according to the Guidelines for Integrated Production (IP), which permits sustainable conservation of vineyards and also reduces CO2 emissions from vehicles to a minimum. They use only premium packaging materials to ensure optimal storage until it is time to drink and enjoy the wine and avoid "heavy" bottles to minimize the CO2 burden on transport routes