Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico 2018


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Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico 2018

92 Pts – James Suckling

About the Producer:

Documents mentioning the Gagliole Estate date back hundreds of years and there are countless ancient legends regarding this property, which continues to conserve memories of a distant time.

A manuscript in the State Archives in Siena reveals that the son of the Langobard King Berengarius, who had fallen in love with the Tuscan countryside, bequeathed the Gagliole Estate to his wife in 994 A.D.

The magic of the Tuscan countryside captivated Monika and Thomas Bär – Bettschart already in 1990. Their love for Tuscany and its good wines became their passion.

The Gagliole emblem is the old house mark of the Bettschart family, depicting a pair of compasses with the horizontal beam in balance. In the medieval times the builders of a house marked their work in this manner, which then over time developed into a coat of arms.

Ancient terraced vineyards tell the story of a carefully preserved landscape. The delicate balance between soil and climate is the ideal model for those who have chosen to cultivate this land respectful of nature and its rhythms. Gagliole is an impassioned universe of persons who are determined to bring out the best that the plants and land can offer.

Judiciously cultivated and groomed, small tracts of land created elegant geometric figures on either side of the impenetrable hills. Here, at 500 meters above sea level, vineyards of Sangiovese mature under the rays of the sun thanks to splendid exposure to the south-southwest. The age of the vines (from 3 to 30 years) is testament to the painstaking process of reintegration that has taken place here.

Obtained from Sangiovese grapes, the must ferments in steel, then 50% of the wine matures in french oak barriques and 50% in cement tanks, followed by a further 3 months in bottle before release. The wine is smooth, fruit-rich, and delicious, with supple, well-balanced tannins.

It should be served at a temperature of 18° C.

Appellation:  Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.
Type:  Dry red wine
Grape varieties:  Sangiovese 100%
Alcohol:  13.5 % by volume
Total dry extract:  29.5 g/l
Total acidity:  5.28 g/l
Volatile acidity:  0.49 g/l
Free sulphur anhydride:  24 mg/l
Total sulphur anhydride:  85 mg/l
Service temperature:  16-18° C


Density of vines:  5000 vines per hectare:

Yield per hectare:  4500 kg per hectare after grape reduction in the field

Altitude, exposure:  450-480 m. above sea level, South to South-West

Soil:  Galestro loam

Harvest:  Handpicked, in small boxes

Vinification:  Temperature controlled fermentation with maceration of the skins for 20 days

Maturation:  12 months: 50% stainless steel vats, 50% concrete vats

Refinement in bottle:  Minimum 3 months with temperature control

Best maturity for drinking:  up to 3-5 years after release