Monte Bernardi Retromarcia 2020
is a Chianti Classico produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes (since 2010). The grapes come from vineyards composed of schist (Galestro) 70%, sandstone (Arenaria-Calcare-Pietraforte) 20%, limestone (Alberese) 10%.
The vinification and maturation are reminiscent of a more traditional style of Chianti Classico. The result is a fresh and fruity wine, medium-bodied, balanced, with good structure, juicy acidity and a long finish.
By Retromarcia we mean a return to origins. The goal is to produce intensely typical and expressive wines of the historic area of Tuscany: Chianti Classico, using only traditional grapes. With the name of Retromarcia, we want to emphasize the return to the natural elegance and charm of Sangiovese.
The Monte Bernardi vineyards extend over 15 hectares, with one third of the vines over 45 years old. The vineyards are located in the southernmost hilly area of Panzano in Chianti, an area that has been recognized as one of the Chianti Classico Grand Crus, and is considered capable of producing wines that can compete with the best in the world. The vines are planted on a very stony ground consisting of schist (Galestro), marl and limestone (Alberese).
The estate was originally purchased in 1988 by Stak & Sharon and the first wine was produced in 1992. The Schmelzer family acquired Monte Bernardi at the end of 2003 by investing immediately both in the vineyards and in the cellar.
The vineyards are perfectly situated – they are located at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level, surrounded by forests and enjoying a southern exposure, with the Pesa River flowing a few hundred meters below. These factors contribute to the unique microclimate of Monte Bernardi.