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The Piccini family has tenderly worked their vines since 1882, starting with a small estate with little more than 17 acres of vineyards, now grown to over four estates. Their passion for quality and authenticity has given them a name that is one of the best-known in Tuscany.
Chianti is a paradise on earth. This amazing wine region produces what James Suckling says are "some of the finest wines in Italy and the world." The production zone, defined initially in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III, covers territories in the provinces of Siena, Florence, Arezzo, Pisa, and Pistoia. These areas are perfectly suited for the production of high-quality wines, thanks to their blessed terroir, with soils composed of clay and fragmented rocks.
Its impressive pursuit of quality is what has led Tenute Piccini to quickly become one of Chianti's favorite estates. Wine Enthusiast said this Tenuta is "one of the most dynamic and innovative wineries in Italy today." Piccini is an example of tradition, they strove to reimagine Chianti as better. Piccini's owner Mario Piccini says “All we do in the present time is present in the past and also will be for the future.” These are the words they live and produce.
A truly beautiful wine, this 2021 Tenute Piccini Poggio Al Sale Chianti DOCG is an expression of tradition with the best selection of Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo grapes. It is uniquely identified by the clay soil of Tuscany with a long maceration period.
This wine was born in what appears to be an excellent vintage for Chianti, Wine-Searcher said that 2021 had "Very high quality of the grapes, intense colors, optimal acidity, and bright aromas."
A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Ciliegiolo, and 5% Canaiolo, this versatile wine is best served with good company, and anything from antipasti to hearty soups, to classic pizzas, or roasts.
Tasting Notes: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Ciliegiolo, and 5% Canaiolo. A deep, ruby red with an intense and persistent fragrance of mature red fruit. It’s a well-structured, smooth wine, with soft tannins and distinct notes of red fruit.
~96 Luca Maroni.
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About the Wine
Chateau Saint Pierre dates back to the 17th century. Henri Martin purchased the classified Fourth Growth Medoc estate in 1982. Henri Martin's family has a long history in the Bordeaux region, dating back more than 300 years. Today Chateau Saint Pierre is managed by Jean-Louis Triaud, who also manages Chateau Gloria and owns the Girondins de Bordeaux, the professional football team of Bordeaux.
The majority of their vines are located near the village of Saint Julien not far from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou which retails for $200 a bottle. On average their vines are 50 years old. Saint-Julien has the highest concentration of cru classés with 11 over 900 hectares.
Chateau Saint Pierre is one of the few classified growths that does not produce a second wine. With complete focus on the Grand Vin and leading the use of technology in winemaking, it is no surprise this Grand Vin hailed a 'Bravo!' from multiple critics. Chateau Saint Pierre Saint-Julien was one of the first estates to use satellite imagery to help identify when parcels are ready to pick.
Aging: 14 to 16 months in French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, round, and refined. The nose shows espresso, blackberry, and floral notes.
This 17-hectare estate has been rejuvenated by owner Jean-Louis Triaud and is certainly producing some of the top wines from the appellation today. I tasted the deep, inky-colored 2015 Château Saint-Pierre twice and it’s reminiscent of the 2010, only with more elegance. In 2015 the wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc and it spent 14 months in 50% new and 50% once used barrels. Chocolate-covered dark fruits, damp earth, tobacco leaf, and lead pencil shaving-like notes emerge from this huge, concentrated beauty that has building tannin and a huge mid-palate. It’s an incredible wine that builds with time in the glass, has no hard edges, and is going to 3-4 decades of life. Bravo! ~97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Saint-Pierre offers more fruit on the nose than the Gruaud Larose with quite fabulous blackberry laced with pencil lead and tobacco. There is real joie de vivre and intensity here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite firm tannin, very well balanced and pure with a gentle but insistent, mineral-driven, quite sinewy finish that is an absolute treat. This comes highly recommended. Tasted twice both in London and Bordeaux at the property. Bravo. ~94 Wine Advocate
This wine has a very toasty style, with spice and wood tannins that give an extracted character with some bitterness. That contrasts with the fruit that is developing, and it seems that the wood will integrate over time. Drink from 2025. ~92 Wine Enthusiast