La Pieve

I still remember stumbling across the unassuming Simone Tognetti and his impossibly good-value Chianti one spring morning and trying hard not to appear excited.  I’m sure no one needs reminding of just how much truly dreadful Chianti pours out of Italy each year; finding an honest producer making decent Chianti isn’t easy.  With its intense colour and pronounced aromas of black cherry and truffle this Chianti is a real find. 

The secret lies in the extraordinary exposure of the 16 ha vineyards: an almost perfect amphitheatre at 500 metres above sea level.  The geography guarantees ripeness and alcohol whilst the altitude preserves the acidity.  The blend is a traditional Tuscan mix of Sangiovese (90%), Canaiolo (5%) and Colorino (5%) fermented in stainless and aged in cement.  The Fortebraccio is essentially a Riserva that sees a brief spell in old oak.

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