Rocca di Montegrossi: On the Verge of Discovery

Rocca di Montegrossi Rocca di Montegrossi has been our cunningly hidden secret for years, receiving knockout scores from critics and quietly selling out of their top fine Italian wines, but somehow seeming to fly under the radar. Based in Monti, one of the finest parts of Chianti Classico, a few kilometres south of Gaiole, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi has been fine-tuning his winemaking for decades since founding the winery in 1990. Since its inception, the estate has moved to organic vineyard management in 2006 and has been certified so since 2010. His Tuscany wines are elegant and compelling.

Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media has praised the estate for years, "Rocca di Montegrossi doesn't seem to get the attention of some of its neighbors, but year after year Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi turns out impeccable, striking wines that sit at the very top of the hierarchy in Chianti Classico and Italy more broadly. The wines usually need at least a few years in bottle to come into their own, but make no mistake about it, these are some of the very best wines being made in Italy today."

We've managed to get our hands on a second parcel of the heavily in-demand 2014 Geremia, which is on its way to the UK and will arrive soon. The allocation is a small one, so get your order in quickly and we will do our best to make sure there is enough to go around! As a bonus, we have a few cases left of the absolutely phenomenal 2013 Chianti Classico "San Marcellino", with a tiny number of magnums left as well. 

Rocca di Montegrossi Geremia Wine 2014 Geremia
£185 per 6 bottles in bond
£30.83 per bottle in bond
£195 per 3 magnums in bond
£65 per magnum in bond

This wine is named after the founder of Marco’s family from the 8th century and is a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. Marco selected heavily in 2014 and only made 50% of his normal production of Geremia – a decision he felt was the right thing to do but one he knows he will regret in time! It has a concentrated dark berry nose with distinctive pepper, graphite and warm, sweet spice. The tannins are well controlled and the Gaiole terroir really comes through.

"The 2014 Geremia, Rocca di Montegrossi's Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is another compelling wine in this range. Today, the Geremia is perhaps a bit austere, but at least some of that is attributable to the personality of the vintage. Time in the glass brings out an attractive range of sage, menthol, licorice and dark red/purplish fruit. I very much like the energy and drive here."
95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
 


 Rocca di Montegrossi  
2013 Chianti Classico "San Marcellino"
£185 per 6 bottles in bond
£30.83 per bottle in bond
£195 per 3 magnums in bond
£65 per magnum in bond

The San Marcellino is made from the best grapes harvested from the excellent San Marcellino vineyard that surrounds the church of the same name. The 2013 is 93% Sangiovese with 7% of Pugnitello in the blend. It is released after spending two years in barriques and might be the best vintage we have ever tasted here. Bright cherry and forest fruit is intertwined with pain d’epice and ginger spice. The cascading acid is harmonious and bright, allowing the purity of fruit to shine through. The finish is long and mineral. One to enjoy over the next 10-15 years.

"The 2013 Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino is a dazzling, exciting wine. Aromatically expressive, deep and also structured, the 2013 San Marcellino simply has it all. Readers should be in no rush, as the 2013 is a very young wine. Those who can wait will be treated to a sublime Chianti Classico loaded with the essence of Sangiovese."
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
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