Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2018
2018…Balance Reigns Supreme
The 2018s are gracious wines of immense pleasure. While they don’t have the power or breadth of the 2016s, the 2018s are incredibly delicious. The purity of the flavors in so many 2018s is just striking. ANTONIO GALLONI
Rocca di Montegrossi doesn’t seem to get the attention of some of its neighbors, but year after year Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi turns out impeccable, striking wines that sit at the very top of the hierarchy in Chianti Classico and Italy more broadly. These new releases are no exception. The wines usually need at least a few years in bottle to come into their own, but make no mistake about it, these are some of the very best wines being made in Italy today. ANTONIO GALLONI
I am trying to recall what Michael said when we were talking about this offer, I am paraphrasing but he said something like “you write it up mate you love those wines”. Damn right I do, and for good reason too.
Grown on the rocky, hard soils of his vineyards, just out of Gaiole in Monti which is regarded as one of the region’s most prestigious sites, the younger vines are planted to a higher density than is the norm in the region, the vineyards attended to with fanatical attention to detail.
The wines of Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi convey such beautifully pure expressions of Sangiovese and such an honest soil to glass transference of terroir that every fan of Tuscan wine, Italian wine, or just wine in general should sit up, take notice and get on board the Montegrossi train, if you haven’t already.
I probably only have one more quick point to make here, which I mentioned in the Felsina offer, 2018 Chianti is proving to be a wonderful vintage, especially for fans of truly classic Chianti and people who love the pure, red fruited and fresher styles that can be produced when vintage conditions are just right for Sangiovese to reach its peak potential.
The 2018 Montegrossi is flat out gorgeous with all the right elements in place to see it develop beautifully over a period of time. I am lucky that I have one mate who opens these with some age from time to time and I can attest to the fact that they do indeed age wonderfully well and this is destined to grow in to something that should be captivating with a little time. If you open one early make sure it gets a good decant and something meaty to pair those tannins with.
There isn’t a huge amount sadly and this wine sells out quickly each year as its reputation continues to grow in Australia. I expect the same will be the case with the 2018 so please get in early if you would like to secure some.