Le Miccine. Chianti Classico
Chianti Classico DOCG
Grapes Sangiovese (with 5% Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera)
A beautiful and classic Chianti Classico with fine mature tannin, supple and engaging fruit, every part in perfect balance. The fruit is somehow crunchy; succulent red cherry shot through with plum and red berry; subtly floral on the nose. 13%
“The 2016 epitomises the charm that distinguishes Chianti from other Sangiovese based reds. So, charm, elegance and drinkability that’s what it’s all about.” Michael Garner (wine author, journalist and importer)
The grapes for the 2016 Chianti Classico were picked early morning, following a cold night where temperatures had dropped to 2°C. This meant that the must (unfermented juice) went through a natural cold soak for two days while the temperature picked up enough for fermentation to begin. This resulted in an unusually deep colour and exaggerated aromas.
This wine was awarded the maximum three glasses from the Gambero Rosso 2019.
Chianti is ancient and has evolved over the centuries to become the wine it is today. Change has been dramatic in recent years, but not at Le Miccine where vineyards remain as they have been for generations and cellar equipment has changed little. What has changed is the technical knowledge which have led to subtle changes in the way things are done.
The vineyards are worked by hand, the vines are spur trained and great attention is paid to canopy management and airflow as ripeness is not guaranteed at this altitude. The bunches are picked at their optimum ripeness, some years this means going through the same vineyard repeatedly. The grapes have no distance to travel, the winery is central positioned, the grapes are given another selection before being crushed and fermented in temperature-controlled steel tanks; this lasts seven to ten days then the wine spends a little longer on the skins before being racked off and aged in a combination of large and small barrels.