This classic tangy, spicy and utterly delicious Chianti is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown in three different vineyard sites La Scuola, Le Fonti and Capanno. The vines have great exposition and provide a slightly different Sangiovese personality which go into making this top Riserva blend. The wine is named ‘345 as the estate was established way back in 1345!
- Wine: Chianti Riserva ‘345
- Region: Tuscany
- Vines: Sangiovese
- Domaine: Montichiaro
- Winemakers: Alessandro Griccioli & Giovanni Li Mandri
- Guide bottle price: £14.04 (collect price)*
Your allocation: 48 bottles per year – you can order as much as you want (6s/12s), no obligation to buy
Organic wine: Yes
Annual vintage release: May
Accommodation nearby: Yes, we can arrange
Event at this vineyard: Yes, we enjoy a superb weekend where we visit Montichiaro and dine at the estate. Taste of Tuscany
The vines & wine
It’s hard to find appropriate superlatives when describing this noble estate. Set in the heart of the rolling Tuscan countryside, the elegant country estate, home to the Griccioli family since the 1800s, commands spectacular views of Siena just 10km away. It is very much a family home. Alessandro, his parents and his uncle live there.
Alessandro is fiercely ambitious and passionate about his 160 hectare estate, totalling 14 ha of vines, 2,600 olive trees and 40 ha of truffle forest. He achieved organic status in 2013.
The vines are located in three plots which Alessandro calls ‘single crus’ – La Scuola, Le Fonti and Capanno. They all have great exposition and provide a slightly different Sangiovese personality. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented separately and then blended together before ageing for 24 months in 500 litre barrels called tonneaux.
Partners’ Chianti Riserva ‘345 has a deep purple/ruby colour and a classic scent of dark cherry, plum, cedarwood and sweet spices. On the palate it is rich in flavour with cherries, cinnamon and tobacco supported by a ripe, tannic grip. It finishes smooth and juicy with spice, pepper and dried herbs at the end. It is a superb wine and can age for up to a decade.
Tuscany is a place of dreams. Rolling hills, clad with vines, olive groves and cypress trees. Atop the hills, ancient castles command spectacular, unspoilt views.
It is Italy’s heart and soul and, from a wine point of view it has as rich a history and tradition as Burgundy and Bordeaux. The grape variety here is Sangiovese and the wines are medium to full-bodied with fresh tangy flavours of bitter cherry, wild herbs and spices. It’s the freshness that makes them such good food wines.
Siena is one of Italy’s loveliest Medieval cities, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio horse race that takes place around the piazza twice every summer. The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. If you feel energetic, a climb up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. The Museum next door, offers some of the greatest of Sienese paintings. In a neighbouring piazza stands the impressive Duomo, a great Gothic Cathedral filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio.
* Wine prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate differences. If you choose to have your wine shipped to the UK, shipping costs and duty will be added.