Chianti Classico 2018
93 points, “The 2018 Chianti Classico is classy, polished and exceptionally beautiful. Like so many wines in 2018, the Chianti Classico is aromatic and gracious in feel, more finesse than power. Silky tannins wrap around a core of bright Sangiovese fruit. From start to finish, the 2018 is all class.” – Antonio Galloni
As well as the wonderful review above, this wine also picked up the trophy for “Best Chianti Classico” from the prestigious German gourmet magazine, Falstaff.
Delighting wine enthusiasts for decades, Querciabella redefines Chianti Classico. Such purity, such clarity and such brilliance; you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a diamond rather than a Sangiovese. 2018 was a classic vintage that produced wines of exceptional quality in the Chianti region. As usual, Querciabella’s Chianti Classico is a flawless display that appears to have been crafted from silk. The raspberry, cherry, strawberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant flavours are so clean and crisp, you can almost imagine the juice of the fresh fruit dribbling down your chin. Then it takes you for a walk around the garden in the sunshine, past the roses, lavender, mint, peppery juniper, orange zest and finally the herb patch. It’s a phenomenal piece of winemaking that can be paired with almost anything imaginable, but consider Mediterranean cuisine that’s heavy on the roasted vegetable, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, herbs and spices.
The old adage ‘from small acorns grow mighty oaks’ has never been more apt. When steel magnate and wine lover Giuseppe ‘Pepito’ Castiglione planted a seed in a rundown hobby vineyard in 1974, few would have guessed that it would flourish into the mighty Querciabella – one of the most ethical, pioneering and highly respected wineries on the planet. Although Pepito saw the potential, it was his son Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni that launched the estate in Greve, Tuscany, to stardom, growing it from a single vineyard into 69 hectares in Chianti Classico, 32 hectares in Tuscany’s hottest real estate, Maremma, and a sustainable, state-of-the-art winery complete with Tesla charging points for the environmentally conscious visitor. This truly remarkable man is an award-winning entrepreneur and a passionate vegan, animal rights activist and climate change campaigner. When he isn’t sitting on the board of Sea Shepherd, advising the International Anti-Poaching Foundation in Zimbabwe or investing in cutting-edge food like Beyond Meat and Vurger Co, he can be found running probably the world’s only cruelty-free biodynamic winery, Querciabella. Organic since 1988, shortly after they decided to go biodynamic. What makes them unique is that they’ve eschewed the spiritual aspects and the use of animal organs, skulls and horns adopted by most practitioners. So, as you sip Querciabella’s exceptional fine wines, rest easy that no animal products or by-products have been used in any step of the farming or winemaking process. As respected critic Antonio Galloni says, “Querciabella stands head and shoulders above any other estate in Chianti Classico. It’s as simple as that.”
£3.47 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3475939
Style No.: 888865
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