The Chianti Classico Berardenga 2019 of Flesina expresses the strength and density of its territory. The southern side of the appellation often shows the richest expressions of Sangiovese. This wine opens to sweet aromas of dark fruit, cherry and plum. The wine also displays a slightly tangy side with spices and dried earthenware reminiscent of the region’s gray gravel soils. Bay leaf, cola and chopped mint appear as a subtle base note. This is an excellent vintage in Chianti Classico that shows particularly well in more affordable vintage wines.
It was 1966 when Domenico Poggialini bought the property of Felsina in the Berardenga area at the extreme south of the Chianti Classico appellation.
At that time the company existed mainly for the production of oil, cereals and other crops. There were just 2.5 hectares of vineyards and while Domenico and his son Beppe worked hard to expand the vineyards and the winery during the early years, it was only with the arrival of Giuseppe Mazzacolin following his marriage to Domenico’s daughter , Gloria, that Felsina took flight.
With Mazzacolin, Bernabei’s enological consultancy also arrived and the need to focus on Sangiovese as the main vine of the company as opposed to the fashion of the period which saw it rely on Bordeaux vines.
The wines of Felsina are children of their terroir which is very varied. The soils can be clayey-sandy with marine deposits or stony (alberese) and poor.
The result is an exciting palette of Chianti Classico that have in common a generous body, great complexity and notes of fruit and undergrowth that are always clearly perceptible.