Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, Castiglion del Bosco, after major investment in the vineyards and winery, has been restored to its position as a leading Montalcino estate. The estate, with 62 hectares of vineyards (51 of which are permitted for Brunello production) is located in the Val d’Orcia National Park, a UNESCO site, to the north west of Montalcino, near Buonconvento. Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar.
The grapes are sourced from a top Chardonnay growing vineyard near Cortona.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel at 12°C. Fermentation starts with natural yeasts and takes place for 18 days in stainless steel tanks. At the end of the fermentation process, the wine rests several months in stainless steel tanks. The final blend is then assembled and bottled. The entire vinification process is carried out in the cellar, completely gravity-fed.
A dry and not too rainy winter was recovered by a cool and rainy spring. The budrust was a little later than the usual, marked by higher temperatures during summer which also allowed perfect ripening and excellent vegetative balance of the plants. In late August the estate experienced some rain. It was followed by an ideal cool and breezy September, which characterised the aromatic framework of Chardonnay 2019.
The aromatic details of this wine say a lot about the 2019 vintage climate. The wine is lemon with greenish reflections, the nose expresses beautiful floral notes enhanced with constant references of citrus fruit, such as grapefruit and orange peel. The good acidity, combined with a light sapidity and a strong minerality, embody the possibility of evolution of this wine. It is characterised by a marked freshness and great fragrance. The mouth is tense and vibrant, supported by a pleasant citric acidity.