Querciabella Chianti Classico
We're very excited by these new wines from Querciabella. Even off the high base they have always occupied in the Tuscan hierarchy they are extending the quality of their range to ever new heights. This upswing in quality has come off the back of owner, Sebatiano Cossa Costiglione, "putting a broom through" operations a few years ago to see where improvements could be made. He hired Luca Currado of the famous Piemonte barolo house, Vietti, to oversee the reorganisation of production and re-focussed the estate on producing the finest sangiovese from his biodynamic vineyards (the first in Tuscany).
The results have come quickly and in just a few vintage cycles and the main wines in particular are showing a different expression. A case in point is the new Chianti Classico which is a textbook example of the changes. Now 100% sangiovese and without any small oak influence it's all red and black cherry, dried herbs with mineral and liquorice presented within a medium-bodied framework of purity and elegance. The altitude of the site at Ruffoli in the commune of Greve means Querciabella’s wines rarely ever stray into the heavily jammed mode.
This year also marks the return of a Riserva to the Querciabella range; a category previously vacated out of disgust for the rule makers and the slack way it was administered. So, when they decided to make a CC Riserva they decided to make sure it meant something...and boy does it! The Riserva is the result of a first ever cru chianti project which saw owner, Sebatiano Cossa Costiglione, set out to make a set of single village/commune chianti classicos from his holdings in Gaiole, Greve, and Radda The resulting wines are not yet available to the general market but those who have tried them (Galloni included) believe them to be the greatest Chiantis ever made. During the rigorous process of selection there was super high quality material which didn't make the cut. The decision was made to make a Riserva for the first time in many years. The resulting wine is everything a Riserva should be; greater depth and weight and endowed with greater structure.
Of course the range isn't complete without the entry level Mongrana which comes off the Maremma estate. A blend of sangiovese, cabernet and merlot this wine was originally a by-product of the biodynamic trials they were doing at this estate. However, it has become a value star around the world and is the perfect wine for a BBQ or everyday drinking.
And finally the two bookend super-star wines that have always been emblematic of the estate's status in the fine wine world are the white, Batar and the super-Tuscan red, Camartina . The former is a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot bianco and the latter a 70/30 cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese blend. Both wines are available in very small quantities so please be quick if you wish to grab some.
These are exciting times for this icon estate. The wines are better than ever and we are delighted to have them in the stable.
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