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  • 2018 Chianti, MediceoRed Wine

    2018 Chianti, Mediceo

    £1095

    Fruit for the Chianti Mediceo is sourced by Alberto Antonini from the wider Chianti area, with a large portion of the blend coming from the hills around Florence.

    The wine is deep ruby in colour. On the nose, it has bright cherry fruit aromas combined with hints of chocolate and balsamic vinegar. On the palate, the fruit is supported by fine-grain tannins. The finish is savoury with a hint of minerality.

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  • 2017 Chianti Classico DOCG, Castello di QuercetoRed Wine

    2017 Chianti Classico DOCG, Castello di Querceto

    £1650

    Castello di Querceto has been in the hands of the François family since 1897. The vineyards, which extend around the 16th-century castle, were planted between 1975 and 1985. Sangiovese is lifted by supporting local grapes Canaiolo Nero, Colorino, Mammolo and Ciliegiolo.

    This 2017 Chianti Classico opens in the glass with aromas of complex aromas of pepper, bramble bush, blackberries and cherries.  Dry, harmonious on the palate with a soft and elegant fabric and sweet tannins.  Dark fruits, earthy notes and mild nutty oak dominate with salty, citrus traces.   Juicy, spicy finish.

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  • 2019 Morellino di Scansano, Fattoria Le PupilleRed Wine

    2019 Morellino di Scansano, Fattoria Le Pupille

    £1650

    The 2019 Morellino di Scansano is bright, perfumed and above all a very enjoyable glass of wine.  On the nose it shows dark red cherry, red berries, peony flower and red rose, alternating on hints of dried herbs. On the palate the wine is crisp, bright and refreshing, with smooth tannins. Long and flavourful finish with the spice lingering delightfully.   Enjoy from now to 2025

    Perfect with sauce based first courses, even more elaborated ones and second courses typical of Maremma cuisine.

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  • 2019 Chianti Classico ‘San Jacopo’, Castello VicchiomaggioRed Wine

    2019 Chianti Classico ‘San Jacopo’, Castello Vicchiomaggio

    £1695

    The wines of Castello Vicchiomaggio truly show off the Sangiovese grape at its best. Vicchiomaggio is consistently classified amongst Italy’s top estates and winemaker John Matta has been named IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 14 years.

    The 2019 Chianti Classico ‘San Jacopo’ is named after an antique farmhouse located on the wine estate.   It is a lovely expression of Chianti, with red cherry and cranberry fruits, the palate has good substance and a lingering, rounded finish.

    The vineyards are located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region and sit at an altitude of 255 to 265 metres above sea level. The Chianti Classico area is characterised by a Mediterranean climate and the soil, which is called “Galestro”, is rich in clay and large stones. The soils in this vineyard are made up of a high proportion of heavy clay- approximately 30%- which is renowned for its cooling properties and water retention for the vine, as well as for producing bold wines from the Sangiovese grape. Planted at a density of 5,600 vines per hectare, the vines are pruned according to the Single Guyot method which ensures low yields of approximately 52 hectolitres per hectare. Particular attention is paid to the direction in which the vines are planted; they are all south-facing, ensuring maximum exposure to the sun throughout the day.

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  • 2017 Barco Reale di Carmignano, CapezzanaRed Wine

    2017 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Capezzana

    £1725

    The Capezzana estate, 24 kilometres north-west of Florence, is owned by the Contini Bonacossi family. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate’s 80 hectares of vineyard, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker and Francesco Bernabei as consultant winemaker. The wines and the olive oil have an elegance which marks this estate out from the crowd.

    This wine is deep purple in colour with ruby red highlights. On the nose, cherry and plum aromas are complemented by a touch of oak. Rounded and ripe on the palate, it shows lovely balanced fruit and tannin structure. There is a hint of spiced berries on the long, elegant finish.

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  • 2019 Chianti Rufina, SelvapianaRed Wine

    2019 Chianti Rufina, Selvapiana

    £1795

    2016 was a classic vintage in Tuscany and this wine is a classic expression of the Sangiovese grape grown in the northernmost part of Chianti. The Rufina zone is the smallest in Chianti but also one of the most special.  This wine has perfumes of ripe blackberry fruit, red cherry and a touch of spice on the nose. On the palate, it is ripe and juicy but still fine and elegant in the Selvapiana style, with a tight structure and lifted, floral finish with refreshing acidity.

    The grapes are grown in the ancient Selvapiana estate which covers 56 hectares. For the most part, the vineyards face west/north-west and are situated at an altitude of 150-200 metres above sea level. The older vines planted were planted in the late 1970s. The wine was aged for 12 months, with 10% held in stainless steel, 65% in 25-30 hectolitre French oak casks and 25% in barriques.

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  • 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Castello di QuercetoRed Wine

    2015 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, Castello di Querceto

    £1995

    Castello di Querceto has been in the hands of the François family since 1897. The vineyards, which extend around the 16th-century castle, were planted between 1975 and 1985. Sangiovese is lifted by supporting local grapes Canaiolo Nero, Colorino, Mammolo and Ciliegiolo.

    The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is a rich and powerful wine in the glass.  Full-bodied with ripe berry, dusty herbs, smoke and mocha notes wrapped up with mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Rich and muscular with dark berry, wild herb, minty and sagey flavours on the palate. Tannins are fine-grained.

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  • 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, San PoloRed Wine

    2016 Rosso di Montalcino, San Polo

    £2200

    This 2016 Rosso has a bright and glossy ruby red colour. On the nose, it has aromas of fresh berries, Morello cherry and blackberries that are complemented by a hint of vanilla spice. This is a fragrant, intense wine with smooth, finely-balanced tannins and a persistent, aromatic finish.

    The grapes for this Rosso came from three hectares of vineyards planted between 1990 and 2000. They are situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, facing south-southeast on chalky clay soils. The vines are spur-cordon trained and planted at a density of 7,000 vines per hectare.

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  • 2014 Vintage Edition Secco, BertaniRed Wine

    2014 Vintage Edition Secco, Bertani

    £2250

    The Secco-Bertani “Vintage Edition” pays homage to the original Secco-Bertani wine made between the 1860’s and 1930’s complete with the original packaging of the 1930s.  Grapes from this wine are grown from vineyards in the hills around the historic Bertani estate in Grezzana, a province in the Valpantena DOC in Verona. The wine was aged in traditional Veronese medium-sized wooden barrels that ranged from 750 to 5000 litres and are made of chestnut and cherry wood not oak – a tradition going back centuries in this part of Italy.

    This homage to the past has produced an outstanding wine that bursts from the glass with haunting aromas of cherry skin, cassis, antique wood and cocoa powder together with spicy notes of black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. The palate is equally as beguiling with flavours of red fruit, sour cherries, concentrated cherry and black tea, followed by fine, powdery tannins with a coffee bean finish. It is a plush wine with good weight and the typical complexity that comes from mature vineyards.

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  • 2018 Chianti Rufina Riserva ‘Castello Nipozzano’, FrescobaldiRed Wine

    2018 Chianti Rufina Riserva ‘Castello Nipozzano’, Frescobaldi

    £2250

    Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th-century castle is located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity.

    Nipozzano 2018 boasts the characteristics of this superb vintage with strength and finesse. Red berries and notes of ripe citrus fruit are complemented by elegant notes of violet and delicate spice. The palate expresses itself with an intriguing, harmonious complexity, with a full and persistent finish.

    The vineyards of Nipozzano are situated approximately 20 miles to the east of Florence. Located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina territory, the vines are grown on a hillside that overlooks the valley and the River Arno. The combination of altitude, soil type and a cool ventilated microclimate provides excellent conditions for perfect growth and produces wines of harmonious character and great longevity.

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  • 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Agostino Petri’, Castello VicchiomaggioRed Wine

    2017 Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Agostino Petri’, Castello Vicchiomaggio

    £2250

    The wines of Castello Vicchiomaggio truly show off the Sangiovese grape at its best. Vicchiomaggio is consistently classified amongst Italy’s top estates and winemaker John Matta has been named IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year four times in the last 14 years.

    The 2017 Agostino Petri Chianti Classico Riserva is a perfumed and elegant wine, showing aromas of dark cherry and violet complemented by a touch of cedar. Opulent, with elegant tannins enveloping the layers of fruit through to a smooth and velvety finish.

    The grapes are sourced from the Agostino Petri vineyard, located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It sits at an altitude of 255 to 265 metres above sea level. Planted at a density of 5,600 vines per hectare, the vines are pruned according to the single Guyot method which ensures low yields of approximately 40 hectolitres per hectare. The soils are made up of a high proportion of heavy clay- approximately 30%, which is renowned for its cooling properties and water retention for the vine, as well as for producing bold wines from the Sangiovese grape. The vineyard is managed sustainably.

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  • 2017 Chianti Rufina Riserva ‘Castello Nipozzano’, FrescobaldiRed Wine

    2017 Chianti Rufina Riserva ‘Castello Nipozzano’, Frescobaldi

    £2295

    Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th-century castle is located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity.

    Nipozzano 2017 boasts the characteristics of this superb vintage with strength and finesse. Red berries and notes of ripe citrus fruit are complemented by elegant notes of violet and delicate spice. The palate expresses itself with an intriguing, harmonious complexity, with a full and persistent finish.

    The vineyards of Nipozzano are situated approximately 20 miles to the east of Florence. Located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina territory, the vines are grown on a hillside that overlooks the valley and the River Arno. The combination of altitude, soil type and a cool ventilated microclimate provides excellent conditions for perfect growth and produces wines of harmonious character and great longevity.

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  • 2018 Palazzo della Torre IGT, Allegrini Wine Republic Heros Red Wine

    2018 Palazzo della Torre IGT, Allegrini

    £2395

    This is one of the wines that has made Allegrini famous throughout the world. The vineyard surrounds Villa della Torre, a splendid masterpiece of Renaissance architecture now owned by the family, and produces a full-bodied red wine that has an ageing potential of at least ten years. The blend is the historic combination of Corvina and Rondinella with the addition of a small quantity of Sangiovese. This is Allegrini’s take on the “Ripasso” method,  small percentage of the harvested grapes are left to dry out until December and then added to the previously vinified fresh grapes.

    The result is a smooth velvety wine with aromas of coffee and espresso with black fruit and smoke on the nose and palate. Smooth, silky and mouth-filling on the palate with black fruit and smoke on a long finish.

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  • 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, CarpinetoRed Wine

    2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, Carpineto

    £2475

    Carpineto makes some of Tuscany’s most reliably good wines and this is amply demonstrated in this distinguished Montepulciano.  An extraordinarily elegant, ethereal wine delivering red fruits with hints of violet and oak spice. Beautifully balanced with an elegantly textured, velvety palate and a lovely, long finish.

    The estate covers 84.5 hectares of dry-farmed vineyards among the rolling hills of the Vino Nobile region of Tuscany. The vineyards are planted with a minimum of 70% Sangiovese (known locally as Prugnolo Gentile), Canaiolo and international grape varietals. These vineyards are trained according to modern trellising methods with clones and rootstocks varying according to soil type. Planting densities here often exceed 8,500 plants per hectare, yielding wines of great concentration and finesse.

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  • 2020 Campo di Sassi Rosso di Montalcino, Tenuta Castelgiocondo, FrescobaldiRed Wine

    2020 Campo di Sassi Rosso di Montalcino, Tenuta Castelgiocondo, Frescobaldi

    £2495

    The striking bouquet delivers pronounced aromas of violets, enriched by notes of blackcurrant and blackberry. Smooth, but well structured on the palate, this rich and generous wine has evident but controlled tannins and a wonderful persistency on the finish.

    The vineyards are located on the CastelGiocondo Estate in Montalcino. Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino displays the same characteristics as Brunello but in a more youthful, less complicated manner. It is produced from the same grape, Sangiovese, but from vineyards with vines that have very deep roots and yield wines which are aromatic and elegant, and less tannic than the Brunello.

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