2017 Val delle Corti Chianti Classico Toscana
The Chianti Classico is the race horse of Val delle Corti. When it gallops on the farm, all the Chiantis in wicker bottles take to their heels. If you would like to try authentic Chianti, you should give this one a go! Year after year, it's composed of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, which grow on the extremely calcareous soil of Val delle Corti. Spontaneously fermented in stainless steel, the wine then ages for two years in large wooden barrels holding 2,000-3,000 litres. Elegance and juiciness are the keywords here. The nose is wonderfully aromatic with cherry, fine balsamic notes and some laurel. The tannins are silky and form a fine but powerful framework. The Val delle Corti Chianti Classico already has a lot to offer and will only get better with a little ripening in the cellar.
Roberto Bianchi has been managing the Radda family estate for over 20 years with vision and deep convictions. His vineyards face east. This used to be a problem and meant less mature, brittle wines. Today, in times of climate change, these vineyards are a great asset because they bring freshness and elegance to the wine. Roberto works according to biological and biodynamic methods, in the cellar he focuses on cleanliness and manual work.
Val delle Corti is the result of a paradoxical experiment by his parents, says Roberto Bianchi. In 1974 Giorgio and Eli Bianchi moved with nine-year-old Roberto from Milan to Radda in the heart of the original Chianti Classico area. At the time this was a very brave move because as autodidacts they took over a completely abandoned estate in an overgrown area. Radda, at about 500 metres above sea level, is the highest village in the whole Chianti Classico area. In the past, this was a disadvantage. "Radda was Cinderella", says Roberto about the place - too high, too cold, the wines too austere to be good Chianti. No self-respecting winegrowing family wanted to make Chianti in Radda. This has changed completely with climate change. Today Roberto says with a smile, "Radda rules". Now Roberto's wines benefit greatly from the high altitude vineyards and the coolness. While winegrowers at low altitudes find the wines too ripe and alcoholic, Roberto on Val delle Corti produces wines that combine freshness, elegance and maturity. It is just as we believe good Chianti Classico should be - with finesse and structure, but not thick and marmalade-like. Val delle Corti now cultivates on 6 hectares mainly Sangiovese, some Canaiolo, Merlot and Malvasia Nera. Apart from Merlot, a typical Chianti blend. Two more hectares are leased. Since 2020 not only the vineyards but also the cellar are certified organic. Part of the work is biodynamic. The wines are produced in the vineyard with a lot of manual work and attention. "The secret", says Roberto, "is to remain faithful to Sangiovese and the soil". When his father died unexpectedly early in 1999, Roberto was faced with a landmark decision. Should he continue Val delle Corti or give it up? He decided to stay. Today, after over 20 years, he says it was the right decision. We too are very happy that he has made this decision and shares his wines, these results of an experiment, with us.
Bottler: Az.agr. Valdellecorti da Roberto Bianchi, 53017 Radda in Chianti, Italy
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Sangiovese 95 %, Canaiolo 5 % | Product of Italy
This product contains on average:
|Nutrition Facts||per 100g|
|Alc.||14, 0 % vol.|