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Brolio - Barone Ricasoli SpA Agricola

Italy Tuscany

The famous noble family in Toskana has been growing wine since 1141 and is one of the oldest wineries in the world. Since that time, this family had extensive land holdings in the area between Siena a...
Name: Brolio - Barone Ricasoli SpA Agricola
Growing area: Tuscany
Vineyard: 250 ha
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The wines keep constant high level and are usually the best in their respective category in the area. Weaknesses, there is little, but can occur in difficult vintages. However, this must be balanced in good years with particularly compelling assortments so that an operation can hold the status. In most cases you can blindly buy.
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0.75 L
2016 Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione "Castello di Brolio"
Up to 50.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Nussiger, tabakiger, holziger und etwas erdiger Duft nach überwiegend dunklen Beeren und Lakritz mit...
0.75 L
2018 Chianti Classico DOCG "Brolio"
Up to 20.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Jugendliche, einen Hauch animalische Nase nach teils eingekochten gemischten Beeren mit getrocknet-f...
0.75 L
2017 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva "Rocca Guicciarda"
Up to 20.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Fester, leicht kräuteriger und eine Spur erdiger Duft nach gemischten Beeren und ein wenig Kirschen...
0.75 L
2015 Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione "Castello di Brolio"
Up to 50.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Fester, nussiger und leicht tabakiger, auch recht frischer Duft nach reifen schwarzen Beeren mit rot...
0.75 L
2017 Chianti Classico DOCG "Brolio"
Up to 15.00 €
Translate to English Editor note: Etwas tabakiger, erdiger und unterholziger Duft nach schwarzen und roten Beeren mit einer Spur Veilc...
0.75 L
2011 Chianti Classico DOCG "Castello di Brolio", Gran Selezione
Translate to English Editor note: Deutlich tabakiger Duft nach eingemachten schwarzen Beeren, vor allem Cassis, sowie Kirschen mit gew...

The famous noble family in Tuscany has been growing wine since 1141 and is one of the oldest wineries in the world. Since that time, this family had extensive land holdings in the area between Siena and Florence. This prompted the Republic of Florence to exclude the family from public offices. However, this did not prevent the family from exerting great political influence for centuries. Around 1830, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (1809-1880) inherited the neglected family estate Castello di Brolio in the heart of the Chianti-Classico region and began to reform viticulture on a grand scale. He travelled through France and Germany, studied viticulture there and imported numerous grape varieties. In 1861 he became Prime Minister of the new Kingdom of Italy and was nicknamed the "Iron Baron".

After numerous attempts he created a generally valid recipe for Chianti around 1850 (see there). In a letter from 1872, Ricasoli summarized the results of his decades of experiments. However, the modern Chianti recipe has changed significantly since then. An even more significant influence on the quality of Chianti was the Baron's efforts to reorganize the production and marketing of Chianti wines in the sense of a division of activities. The concept was based on the assumption that the majority of winegrowers would deliver grapes to large trading houses and wineries, which would then carry out the vinification, ageing and marketing. For this reason, he founded the trading company Ricasoli, which over the next hundred years became the leading Chianti producer.

In the 1960s, Ricasoli was under the control of the Seagram Group for a few years. Although this led to a huge increase in production, it had a negative impact on quality. In 1990, Ricasoli was bought by the Australian multinational Hardy, but only three years later took its fortunes back into its own hands. Since 1993, Francesco Ricasoli has been managing the estate with its headquarters in "Castello di Brolio". Out of about 1,200 hectares of land, almost all of which are in the municipality of Gaiole, 250 hectares are vineyards. In 1994 the complete renewal of the vine cultures was started, today the density is 5.500 to 6.200 vines per hectare. Sangiovese is cultivated on more than 150 hectares. The rest is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo Nero, Chardonnay, Malvasia del Chianti(Malvasia Bianca Lunga) and Merlot.

The main wine of the house is "Chianti-Classico Castello di Brolio" from Sangiovese, which is aged for 18 months in . Other premium wines are "Chianti Classico Brolio" and "Riserva Rocca Guicciarda". The red wine "Casalferro" is blended from Sangiovese and Merlot. The white wine "Torricella" from Chardonnay is aged for eight months in barriques and the "Brolio Vinsanto" (from Malvasia del Chianti) is still pressed according to old tradition. A young Chianti called "San Ripolo" is marketed under the label "Barone Ricasoli". The "Castello di Cacchiano" with about 25 hectares of vineyards belongs to Giovanni Ricasoli-Firidolfi (cousin of the Brolio branch). The Castello has been owned by the family since 1150. A Chianti Classico "Castello di Cacchiano" (90% Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nero, Colorino and Merlot) is produced here.

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