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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico (1.5 L) 1998
Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico (1.5 L) 1998
(search item no. 86194)

PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes: Sangiovese 92%, Canaiolo 8%

Color: Brilliant ruby red

Bouquet: Compound, delicate and appealing

Flavor: Dry, balanced, with a soft and elegant body

Food matches: Red meat dishes and cheeses

My Notes:

About Castello di Querceto:

The François family, which settled in Tuscany in the 18th century, has owned the Castello di Querceto estate since 1897. Of French origin, the family has produced such illustrious personalities as Giuseppe François, a noted mathematician, and Alessandro, an expert on archaeology and the discoverer of important Etruscan works like the celebrated François Vase, which is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum in Florence. Castello di Querceto and the land surrounding it are fascinating places steeped in history. In the past, the castle, erected as a lookout point on the Via Cassia Imperiale, one of the principal arteries of the Roman period, helped to defend the immediate area. Today, encircled by the green of the forests and the hills, it seems as if it had been constructed purposely to protect the invaluable heritage of its vineyards and olive orchards. Vines and olives grow on both sides of the valley of the Dudda, from the Sugame Pass and, beyond Dudda, toward Lucolena and Mount San Michele, which reaches a height of 400 to 500 meters (1,312-1,640 feet).