Querciabella, Chianti Classico 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

Italy, Tuscany
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This biodynamically farmed, 100% Sangiovese is a classic Chianti – floral and red fruited, the tannins and fresh acidity add to the poise and nuance of this wine. A terrific wine to have on the table during autumn.

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‘First made in 1974, this is 100% Sangiovese from biodynamically farmed vineyards (since 2000, organic since 1988). Cherry red in colour, this is a really beautiful expression of Sangiovese with fine cherry, redcurrant and berry fruit, a dusty tannic structure, as well as notes of leather, juniper and dried herbs. There are lovely contrasts here between the fine, floral silky red fruits and the fairly substantial structure from the tannins and acidity. Such finesse, and quite a bit of ageing potential. It’s not an easy wine, nor is it seductive, but it has beauty.’ - Jamie Goode, 94/100 (Mar 2021)

'The 2017 Chianti Classico is bright, floral and beautifully lifted, with lovely red berry and rose petal character. Pliant and supple, with terrific balance, the Querciabella 2017 is one of the more refined, restrained Chianti Classicos readers will come across in this vintage, with Radda very much driving the personality of the wine in its aromatic and red fruit profile. The 2017 finishes with terrific energy and nuance. This is the second vintage in which most of the wine was aged predominantly in 500L barrels and 30HL casks. Drinking window 2019 - 2032.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 92/100 (Aug 2019)

'Established by Giuseppe Castiglioni in 1974 with one single hectare of vines, Querciabella now boasts 69 hectares throughout Chianti Classico and is in the hands of Giuseppe's son Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni. A strict vegan, Sebastiano has eliminated the use of animal-based products in the vineyard and cellar. Gorgeous freshness here both on the nose and palate. Aromas of pepper, sage blossom, and lavender lead to a mouthful of red currants. Full-bodied but balanced in its proportioned, this is light on its feet with plenty of vitality. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030.' – Michaela Morris, Decanter, 91/100 (Feb 2020)

'A classic style of Chianti produced with 100% Sangiovese. It is light and fresh, but packed with flavour and depth, grippy tannins. Drink now or hold for up to a decade!' – Roland Peens (Oct 2020)
More Information
Alcohol 13.5%
Technical analysis TA: 6.12 g/L | PH: 3.6
Variety Sangiovese
Blend information 100% Sangiovese
Rating AG 92
Winemaker Guido De Santi and Manfred Ing
Body Full-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Producer information The story of Querciabella began in 1974 when Giuseppe 'Pepito' Castiglioni purchased a single hectare of vineyards on a Tuscan hillside. He was an industrial entrepreneur by trade but his dreams and passions were in producing wine. In the mid-1990s Pepito's son, Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, took over the vineyards and took Querciabella's reputation to new heights. He saw to it that Querciabella was one of the first wineries in Italy to convert to organic viticulture and was a pioneer in his biodynamic approach. Sebastiano's passion for animal rights also led to the vegan certification of Querciabella. Today Querciabella's vineyards span more than 100 hectares, located in Chianti Classico and Maremma and are planted with all the grape varieties that Pepito only dreamed of when purchasing that first hectare of vineyards.
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