Piero Lanza devotes care to his 11 hectare Chianti Classico property. And to producing a wine that expresses the typicity of Sangiovese and individuality of Poggerino’s terroir. The attention to detail in the vineyard verges on fanatical. The wines are full and rich but retain beautiful elegance and perfumed fruit. They taste as Chianti should and they are always good.
Poggerino tries to make a softer style that will improve over 8-15 years. Chocolate, rich, fruitcake a hint new worldly fruit, caramel/oaky notes. There is so much flesh and silk here. Great mouthfeel, vibrant flavours and good tannic structure. It is easy to see the family resemblance! So drinkable but so much promise to be even better it time.
Cultivated from Emilia-Romagna to Campania and producing as much wine as Barbera. You see a wide range of clones and hugely diverse growing conditions. Therefore the variety represents easy drinking ‘quaffers’, all the way to world benchmarks. The best regions include Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese di Romagna and Morellino di Scansano.
Chianti Classico DOCG
Italy’s most famous wine region. Beautiful lightly wooded rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees. The reds from Chianti Classico received its greatest boost in quality from being awarded the much more stringent DOCG rating.
When most people think of Central Italy they think of Tuscany. Not surprisingly because Chianti is an ocean of vineyards within the winegrowing region of Central Tuscany. Chianti produces more than 750000 hectolitres of wine each year. Tuscany’s wine history starts somewhere in the 8th-5th Century BCE when it was part of Etruria. Vernaccia from San Gimignano and reds from Montepulciano were known and loved before the Renaissance. The Tuscany we know now started in 19th Century with Chianti gaining the ascendancy. Brunello di Montalcino debuted in 1888 and the Super Tuscans took shape in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Beyond Tuscany, there are the magical places of Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Umbria. Each place has its own history and personality that really deserve a night of their own. Better still, a few nights in situ.