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Castell’in Villa is one of the most important and renowned wine estates in Chianti, based in the beautiful, hilly countryside just outside Castelnuovo Berardenga. It was rated one of only 3 “1er Grand Cru Classé A” equivalent estates in Chianti by Walter Speller in his 2020 classification of Chianti’s top estates on Jancisrobinson.com.
This remarkable Chianti Classico is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes coming from the estate’s 8 vineyard sites. It is aged in large Slavonian oak casks in traditional Chianti fashion for 12 months before bottling, then released onto the market around 3 years later.
It has super-impressive depth of flavour and structure for a “simple” Chianti Classico, with notes of dried cherries, spice and cigar box. It is medium bodied, fresh and elegant, yet has the ability to develop and improve over 10-20 years!
“The 2016 Chianti Classico is a wine that almost belongs in its own category, as it has very little to do with most straight Chianti Classicos. Powerful, classically austere and so incredibly beautiful, the 2016 is a total stunner. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, cedar, mint and dried flowers all open up with a bit of coaxing. All of the translucent beauty of Sangiovese comes through in a Chianti Classico that will leave readers weak at the knees. Readers who open the 2016 young will want to give it a good bit of aeration. If I could only have one wine reviewed in this entire article, it might very well be the Castell’in Villa 2016. The price? Ridiculous for the level of pedigree. What a wine.” 93+/100pts Vinous