Panzano in Chianti
This is the kind of wine estate I love, where all the really great wines come from. Il Palagio is a small family-owned and run winery outside the village of Panzano, in Greve in Chianti, in the middle of the area that makes most of the region’s truly great wines. Monia Piccini and her husband Franco run an entirely organic vineyard in a quest to maximise the character and expression of their soils. They grow mostly Sangiovese, having pulled up the Merlot vines, and a little Cabernet. Their grapes – 100% Sangiovese – for the Chianti Classico are laboriously harvested by hand and then fermented in stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks. The wine is aged for up to 18 months in medium-sized oak barrels, and then for a further year in the bottle, before release. The Chianti is a bright ruby red with fresh acidity, with aromas of cherries and red fruits, fresh oak and earth.
The estate’s igt, Ignobile, is another pure Sangiovese red full of fruit, flavour, vigour and the character of Tuscany’s finest soils. It is made with the same passion as the Chianti Classico, being harvested entirely by hand, then fermented and aged in stainless steel to retain the fruit character typical of Sangiovese.
|Ignobile 2017, igt||€240 per case|
|Il Palagio di Panzano Chianti Classico 2017/18, DOCG||coming soon|
|Le Bambole 2014 Gran Selezione||€480 per 6|