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A Phoenix rises in Chianti Classico

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Vecchie Terre Di Montefili is a small estate situated close to the heart of Chianti Classico in Panzano near Greve in Chianti. This estate was highly regarded until fate dealt it an unkind hand and a rapid decline ensued.

In 2016 new owners took over and have injected a new lease of life into this once revered estate.

A new team under the guidance of a young and hugely talented enologist Serena Gusmeri are transforming Vecchie Terre Di Montefili to new heights.

The first complete vintage is 2015.

The 2013 was in ethanol fermentation when the new team took over.

In such a short time (two years) the vineyards have had an enormous amount of attention.

The old winery has been subject to a make-over, new barriques and barrels have been purchased and a more streamline approach to wine making is the result. Being far from perfect, a completely new cellar is in its planning stage along with new equipment to assist Serena in her quest for excellence.

The tasting surprised and pleased in a way that I was not expecting: all Sangiovese bottlings gave a crystal clear expression of their terroir.

It is my hope and belief that following the path taken by this estate, success will follow success and we lovers of Sangiovese will be continually rewarded in years to come.

Tasting Notes

Vecchie Terre Di Montefili Chianti Classico 2015

Produced from 25 year old vines aged for 15 months in large Slovenian oak barrels. Rich, fresh, concentrated. Red fruits, herbs, leather. Good length. 100% Sangiovese.(10.000 bottles) 2019 - 2035

Points 93 TW

Vecchie Terre Di Montefili Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Following meticulous fruit selection from 30+ year old vines. Aged for 36 months in large Slovenian oak barrels. Full bodied, structured, dark cherry, liquorice, blue flowers, meat. Powerful with elegance. 100% Sangiovese. (6000 bottles) 2021 - 2040

Points 94+ TW

Vecchie Terre Di Montefili Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015

The first Gran Selezione from this estate, with grapes coming from1982 planting. Aged for 20 months in large Slovenian oak barrels. Deep bordeaux colour, wonderful bouquet, full bodied. Black cherry, black truffle, wet soil. Complex, structured and despite strong tannins showing early signs if integrating with fresh acidity. Needs time. 100% Sangiovese (2600 bottles)  2021 - 2040 

Points 93-95 TW

Vecchie Terre Di Montefili Anfiteatro 2015

From planting in 1975. Deep red colour with purple undertones. Powerful, great structure “built to last”. Fresh red fruits, elegant, balanced to millimetre perfection. A great wine the complexity of which will evolve and delight for years to come. (3200 bottles) 2012 - 2050

Points 97 TW

Vecchie Terre Di Montefili Anfiteatro 2013

A joint effort between past and present owners. A good expression of this estate’s top wine showing cherry, plum and dried tobacco. Firm tannins, virile. 2019 - 2040

Points 95 TW

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