Piero calls this 'his business card' and why not? You will struggle to find a more complete Chianti Classico. Frankly, you'll struggle to find any wine under £20 that gives this much interest and pleasure. The 2015 reflects the warmth of the vintage. It's bursting with plump cherry fruit but there's nothing heavy about it. Poggerino's terroir and Piero's genius have helped retain plenty of acidity and freshness. Match this to a fine ragú or simply pull the cork, pour a glass and let yourself bathe in all that Tuscan sun. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Sep 2018)
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The 2015 Chianti Classico is plump and ripe. It carries a full bouquet of exuberant fruit aromas with Morello cherry, blackberry and red rose. The wine is compact and complete. It offers good intensity and a high pleasure threshold. It is also naturally informal in approach, and that's what makes it so easy to pair with your favourite Italian foods. If you are nostalgic for classic Sangiovese, this is your wine. Some 48,000 bottles were produced. Drinking range: 2017 - 2024 Rating: 90+ Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com)(Oct 2017)
- See our blog post on Victoria Moore's recent interview with Piero Lanza HERE -
Piero Lanza is one of Chianti's greatest young ambassadors. A qualified oenologist, a very competent agronomist and a brilliant winemaker, his wines have improved immeasurably over the past few vintages. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico district the estate consists of 106 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodlands.
The winery is one of the properties of a large estate which used to belong to Prince Ginori Conti, a descendant of one of Florence's oldest families. Floriana Ginori Conti inherited the winery from her father in the 1970s, and began in 1980 to produce a Chianti Classico with the "Poggerino" label.
In 1999 she handed over the property to her two children, Piero and Benedetta Lanza, who had been managing it since 1988. Only 11 hectares are planted with vines, almost all of which are Sangiovese. Piero is a passionate agronomist, firmly of the opinion that the work he does in the vineyard reflects not only in the quality of his wines, but the individual 'terroir' of their property, and to this end is now working completely biodynamically.
Another of our producers described him to us 'Ah yes, Piero, the one who knows all his vines by name'. Planted on clay and 'galestro' soils his wines are marked by minerality, acidity and bright fruit. Biodynamic and certified organic.
If you came to LEA & SANDEMAN for nothing else, you’d come for the Italian wines. Here’s a selection of great reds from the classic regions of Piedmont and Tuscany. Buon Natale!
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