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Le Chiuse played a key role in the vineyard holdings of the legendary Biondi-Santi family since the late 18th century. Handed down, generation-to-generation the current owner, Simonetta Valiani is the great granddaughter of Ferruccio Biondi-Santi. Simonetta inherited the estate and decided to start producing wine under the Le Chiuse name in 1993 with the help of her husband, Nicolò Magnelli and their son, Lorenzo. Until then, the vineyards were rented to her uncle, Franco Biondi-Santi, which were at the time used for Biondi-Santi’s Riserva bottling.
This 100% Sangiovese Grosso is planted to one hectare of 60-70 year old vines. The grapes are harvest by hand the first week of October. They are then crushed and transferred to tank by gravity. They endure 15 day maceration / fermentation period (29C) with frequent punch-down of the cap during the first week to promote extraction. The wine is then racked 2/3 times until March, when it is transferred to oak. It is then aged 3-4 months in Allier and Slavonian botte. 5% of free-run juice is removed to encourage concentration. Serve this rich, complex Rosso with roasts, grilled meats, pasta dishes with meat, pizza and/or Italian cheeses and olives.
Wine EnthusiastViolet, wild berry, tilled earth and botanical herb aromas shape the nose on this enticingly fragrant, linear red. The juicy savory palate doles out succulent Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and star anise alongside polished tannins.
Wine SpectatorA bright, juicy style, sporting cherry, strawberry and floral flavors. Elements of earth and mineral enter the fray, yet this remains elegant, balanced and long. Drink now through 2024. 333 cases made, 200 cases imported.