The Chianti Classico is a wine made from 100 % Sangiovese. The harvest was done by hand in early to mid-October. Destemming was followed by fermentation with autochthonous yeasts, then maceration between 35 and 45 days on the skins plot by plot in small steel tanks, without temperature control, without the use of sulphur and without pumping over during the fermentation period. The marc hat was only stirred in by hand.
The Chianti Classico was aged for one year in French oak barrels of 2.25 and 5 hl, where the wine spontaneously underwent malolactic fermentation. It was kept on the lees, which were stirred repeatedly for the first five months. After that, it was discreetly sulphured, bottled and aged in the winery for at least eight more months.
Light transparent ruby red with garnet reflections
The nose of Le Masses Chianti Classico 2019 seems Tuscan in every way. It is a blend of grilled herbs, earthiness, red and dark dried berries and cherries with a slightly smoky and meaty note that pairs here with an anticipated acidity suggesting freshness and down-to-earthness. This is accompanied by a silky yeastiness and creaminess that makes for an elegant draw.
On the palate, the ageing on the fine lees and the batonnage provide a creamy texture that integrates the typical firmness of the Sangiovese tannin, although there is still enough astringency here to locate the wine directly in Tuscany. The tannin and the lively acidity stand for clear contours. The juicy red fruit provides just as much drinking pleasure as the transparent nature of the Chianti Classico.
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt
- Leg of lamb with rosemary and jacket potatoes
- Fagiano arrosto - roasted pheasant with sage
- Pasta with chickpeas and pecorino cheese
Le Masse Società Agricola s.s., Loc. Le Masse 5, 50023 Barberino-Tavarnelle, Italy