Sangiovese Chianti Classico Italy
Vines up to a thousand years of age have been found very close to the Badia di Passignano wineworks. Literally hundreds of books at the Florence state archive attest to the significance of Badia di Passignano in the history of Chianti. The idyllic limestone slopes rise to an altitude of three hundred metres, one of the most beautiful and productive areas of Chianti Classico. To this day, the focus of the Antinori team, is on preserving the traditions of viticulture, with the aim of articulating the character which gives Badia di Passignano its distinctive identity.
The establishment of the Badia di Passignano vineyards is unclear. Originally part of an ancient monastery, it would appear that the earliest plantings date back to the fifth century. In 1049 Badia passed into the Vallombrosano order, a reformed branch of the Benedictines specialising in winegrowing and forestry. Over time, the order became so powerful that it owned a quarter of Tuscany. Between 1196 and 1255 the Abbey was attacked, burned and razed to the ground by the Florentines. In 1266 reconstruction began under Ruggero Buonedelmonti and further additions were made in the 15th century when Ghirlandaio decorated the monks refectory with one of his three depictions of the Last Supper.
Intense ruby red colour. A wide range of complex fruit aromas on the nose, nicely expressed hints of liquorice and ripe blackberries. The palate is extremely well balanced and complex, showing good acidity, elegantly backed by the fruit. Stylish and rounded, exhibiting the characteristic integrity of the region, followed by a lingering finish.