Castello Monsanto

 Chianti, Tuscany

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Fabrizio Bianchi, the heir to a solid textile company in the Gallarate zone northwest of Milan, received Castello di Monsanto from his parents as a wedding gift. From then on applying his entrepreneurial spirit and imagination, refusing to be dominated by tradition, he created a modern wine estate with international aspirations. With his daughter Laura now managing the estate, they have achieved this and created a winery whose products are internationally acclaimed but closely connected with the terroir of Chianti. 

In 1962 Monsanto was the first winery within the Chianti Classico Denomination to vinify a single vineyard wine - Il Poggio - this is widely regarded as the Grand Cru of Chianti. Likewise in 1968 they eliminated white grapes from Chianti blends, also modernizing winemaking techniques, breaking from tradition and are now regarded as responsible for the revival and modernization of Chianti wines.

 According to Robert Parker, Castello di Monsanto “serves as a benchmark for the heights Chianti can attain.”


Products: 

2011 Fabrizio Bianchi Chardonnay IGT

2010 Monrosso Chianti DOCG

2011 Chianti Classico

2008 Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG

1997 'Il Poggio' Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG

1995 'Il Poggio' Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG

2007 'Il Poggio' Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG

2009 'Il Poggio' Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG

2006 Fabrizio Bianchi Sangeovese Toscana IGT

2004 Nemo Toscana IGT (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) 

2006 Nemo Toscana IGT (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) 

1995 Vinsanto La Chimera

Awards and Accolades: 

2010 Monrosso Chianti DOCG

88/100 - Antonio Galloni

88/100 - Wine Spectator

87/100 - James Suckling

 

2008 Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG

92/100 - James Suckling

91/100 - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) 

 

1997 'Il Poggio' Chianti Classico DOCG

94/100 - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) 

92/100 - Wine Spectator

91/100 - Stephen Tanzer

 

2007 'Il Poggio' Chianti Classico

93/100 - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) 

90/100 - James Suckling

Golden Star - Vinibuoni d'Italia

 

2009 'Il Poggio' Chianti Classico Reserva

5 Grapes - Guida Bibenda 2014

Golden Star - Vinibuoni d'Italia

 

2006 Fabrizio Bianchi Sangeovese Toscana IGT

94/100 - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) 

 

2004 Nemo Toscana IGT (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) 

90/100 - Wine Specator

94/100 - eRobertParker.com

95/100 - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) 

 

2006 Nemo Toscana IGT (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) 

95/100 – eRobertParker.com

90/100 – Stephen Tanzer

96/100 – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)