We are thrilled to welcome another superb vintage of Chianti Classico from Querciabella, the truly exceptional 2016, which has the potential to surpass the already legendary “Decanter Platinum” 2015 release.
Querciabella is one of the true jewels in our Italian portfolio. The winery was founded in 1974 by ‘green’ entrepreneur Giuseppe Castiglioni, a visionary who saw unexplored potential in the ancient terroir of the Chianti Classico Zone. Over the years, Giuseppe understood that the devastating impact of conventional agriculture on the environment could no longer be overlooked, a realisation which lead Castiglioni to turn Querciabella into one of the first organic wineries in Italy in 1988, followed by full conversion to biodynamic in
2000. This revolutionary approach has not only brought back a natural balance and vitality to the soil, but also conveys an inner purity of fruit to the wines produced. Moreover, no animal products or by-products are used in the production of their wines, making them suitable for vegans and vegetarians. The current winemaker, Manfed Ing, has fully embraced this philosophy, taking a site-specific, Burgundian-like approach to the winemaking at Querciabella. The Sangiovese vines used for the Chianti Classico are planted in different subzones, where soil composition, vine clones and microclimate all play an important role in the astonishing complexity of this classic wine.
Wines coming from Ruffoli in Greve are inherently elegant and fresh, whereas the vineyards in Gaiole and Radda yields wines of distinct acidity and persistent tannins, providing the vibrancy necessary for extended ageing. These are all expertly handled at the winery following a minimal intervention approach. As Giuseppe puts it “It’s all about paying attention to details, being patient and allowing the wine to express itself.”
The Chianti Classico 2016 is a mesmerizing wine, which will grace any wine lover`s cellar for years to come. Our first shipment has just landed and it is ready for immediate delivery.
“The 2016 Chianti Classico is an explosion of floral-infused aromatics and red-toned fruit, all in the super-classic mid-weight style that is such a signature of the Querciabella house style today. Rose petal, lavender, mint and sweet raspberry fruit are pushed to the forefront. This is the first vintage in which more than half of the wine was aged in larger format oak ranging from tonneau to cask. Vineyards in Gaiole and Greve form the core of the blend, with a touch of fruit from Radda. The 2016 has enough freshness to drink well for another decade plus, but I would give it a few years in bottle for the bright acids to integrate a bit further. There are a number of pricier wines in Querciabella's range, but I am not sure any of them can match the Chianti Classico for pure pleasure. What a lovely wine it is. Drink 2021-2031” 92+ Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
“Shows real concentration for a Chianti Classico with notes of brambleberries, blackcurrants, black cherries and baking spices. Full body, grippy tannins and loads of fruit. But this remains refined and elegant, all thanks to the precise acidity. Drink now.” 93 Points James Suckling
“Lustrous, mid ruby. Complex, cool and perfumed nose. Supple, mouth-filling cherry and cranberry fruit that strikes a perfect balance with the tangy acidity and ripe, chewy tannins. Hedonistic and elegant. Drink 2019-2026” 17.5 Points Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com