Castello. di Monsanto’s Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Poggio is a big bottle, period. From this small vineyard of just 5 and a half hectares dated 1962 comes what can easily be defined as the first Cru of the Chianti region. Composed of 90% Sangiovese and 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino, it ages for 20 months in French oak barrels. Produced only in great vintages, the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Poggio has always been considered one of the most surprising wines with evolutionary potential in the region.
Castello di Monsanto is a beautiful estate in Barberino Val d’Elsa, owned by the Bianchi family since 1962. The Castello di Monsanto estate has 206 hectares, more than half of which are wooded. The olive groves occupy another 15 hectares. The owned vineyards, located at an altitude between 250 and 310 metres, extend over 72 hectares planted with Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Trebbiano and Malvasia.
Castello di Monsanto is also famous for its vaulted aging cellar. This spectacular “tunnel” has a length of 300 meters where the barrels are kept. What is effectively a gallery, connects the new cellar with the original cellar, which is located just below the castle and dates back to 1740.
The Chianti Classicos are of a classic origin and capable of resisting time in an astonishing way. Definitely a company to be considered among the bulwarks of the denomination.