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CASTELLO DI QUERCETO VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO

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Lovely, semi-sweet Italian pudding wine. Dried grapes, notes of caramel, spice and a savoury nuttiness; what more could you ask for.

Chianti Classico
2011
16.5% ABV.
40% Trebbiano, 40% Malvasia, 20% San Colombano
50cl

£23.95

Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

The Castello di Querceto is a lovely, deep amber colour with a lovely nose of dried fruit, raisin, walnuts, honey and a very slight touch of spice.

The palate is a joy in every way. Fuller bodied, with balancing acidity and a nice amount of sugar, this wine is sweet but not too sweet, there is a savoury dryness to it, balancing the sugar giving a refreshing but rich experience. There is lots of dried fruits here, with caramel, dark honey, more vanilla and nuttiness, lingering through the palate with a long finish.

About the wine:

The Chianti Classico vineyards are East facing on a slope 400 meters above sea level. The vines are cordon trained on schist soil with calcareous rocks which is poor in nutrients and retains heat well. The lack of good nutrients in the soils, stress the vines, forcing them to root further and try harder, producing a better fruit.

The grapes were carefully selected in the vineyard and partially dried before bunches were de-stemmed and delicately crushed in a soft press.

Fermentation was started with wild yeast in caratelli oak and lasted for several days at 25-30 °C. This was followed by 4 years maturation in 100% new Italian 100L oak barrels. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation to achieve extra complexity and was filtered before bottling, once bottled it was further matured in the bottle for 6 months before release.

Approximately 2000 bottles were produced. 

About the producer:

Castello di Querceto is situated in Tuscany, on the north-eastern side of the Chianti Classico region. The François family came from France to settle in Tuscany in the 18th century. Since then, they have played a vital role in the development of the Tuscan wine industry. In 1924, Castello di Querceto was one of the 33 founding members of the Chianti Classico Consortium.

Since 1978, the company has been directed by Alessandro François who ensures that the characteristics and potential of each vineyard are reflected in every wine he produces.



Castello di Querceto is famous for its expressive red wines and offers Chianti wines at all levels which are classic in style, a true reflection of the Sangiovese grape with only a small percentage of Canaiolo and no international varieties.

The vineyards of Castello di Querceto sit at 470 metres above sea level and extend over 190 hectares, of which 60 hectares are planted with vines and 10 hectares with olive trees. Most of the vineyards were planted between 1975 and 1985.

The 60 hectares of vineyards are divided into 22 different lots, individually chosen for their specific micro-climatic characteristics. The entire harvest is hand-picked and yields are maintained low.

Castello di Querceto favour ecologically friendly viticulture methods, opting for very short pruning and thinning out the grapes if necessary. They have a preference for using organic fertilisers and fighting phytopathogens in a natural and integral way.

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