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Mannucci Droandi is a family-owned artisanal winery that has early origins in farming and winemaking. In the 18th century, the Droandis were farmers in Carmignano and the Mannuccis were landowners in Valdarno. Today the estate is run by Maria Grazia Mammuccini. Committed to the traditions of her family, but also to innovation, she carries forward what previous generations had built up.
Maria works hand by hand with Roberto Droandi, also named the "Lord of the Vines." by the magazine Italia A Tavola. Just as his nickname implies, he's the mastermind behind the vineyard and the cellar. He uses responsible viticulture in the vineyards, and in 2000, the winery was certified organic.
Mannucci Droandi owns two different vineyards: Campolucci and Ceppeto. Campolucci, meaning “field of the holy wood”, consists of a grand farmhouse that houses the winery and cellars, along with specialized vineyards and olive groves. The vineyards are situated on the eastern slope of the Chianti mountains, above sea level at 250m. Ceppeto is located in one of the best areas of the Chianti Classico appellation. It hosts more vineyards and olive groves planted around a large, stone 18th-century farmhouse. This is on the east side of the Chianti mountains, 400m above sea level.
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Mannucci Droandi's vineyards are planted in their majority with Chianti's great queen, Sangiovese. The cellar, managed by talented winemaker Gianfrancesco Paoletti, is equipped with state-of-the-art enological equipment and a mix of renewing older vine systems with new planting systems. Their wines are high quality and a great expression of the terroir.
With multiple 90+ reviews from major wine critics, including James Suckling who said this is a "fruity and savory" Chianti and WinesCritic describing its "excellent quality and brightness," the 2018 Mannucci Droandi Chianti Ceppetto Alto DOCG certainly lives up to the family name.
Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo. Aromas of baking spice and cedar on the nose. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and notes of blackberry jam, mocha, and clove with a toasty long finish. This is a fruit-focused wine with cherry and kirsch shining through.
Whether you cellar this wine or enjoy it now, it will pair beautifully with a meat and mild cheese charcuterie board or with a hearty roast.
Open and dynamic in the main profile it shows notes of red flowers, mandarin peel, acacia, and jasmine. Medium body, soft tannins of excellent quality, and a bright and well-progressive finish. Drink now. ~91 WinesCritic.com
Powerful ruby red with an impenetrable core. The bouquet opens up to spicy components such as ivy and eucalyptus, green pepper, and sandalwood, with forest berries and coffee in the background.Powerfully builds up on the palate, shows good grip and a firm structure, compact core, goes into the final with a pull, and stays for a long time.~90 Falstaff.
Black fruit and cooking spice on the nose. A fruity but savory, medium body with fine, firm tannins. There’s a salty and mineral character here, too. Toasty finish. Drink now." ~90 James Suckling.
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About the Winery
There are no secrets to the production of Kracher’s unparalleled range of remarkable sweet wines, headlined each year by up to a dozen or more trockenbeerenauslese cuvées. For three generations the Kracher family has led the way in the Seewinkel, that corner (Winkel) of Austria to the east of Lake Neusiedl, just an hour’s drive from Vienna. It was Alois Kracher Senior, back in the ‘50s and ‘60s who first realized the potential of the area for quality wine growing. Then in 1991, Alois Junior (Luis) set the world on fire with his ‘new’ style of dessert wine, focusing on finesse and balance in addition to just outright sweetness. From there he went on to win the British Wine Journal’s ‘Winemaker of the Year’ title 5 times, before his untimely passing in 2007.
“Luis” Kracher is one of the greatest visionaries in winemaking and was a driving force behind the “Austrian wine wonder” during the 1990s and a motor behind the renaissance of noble sweet wines. The whole wine world mourned the premature death of Luis, who – as a trained chemist – began his winemaking career at his father’s estate aged twenty-two years old.
He created a new style of dessert wine, in which the fruit character, ﬁnesse, and balance of the wine were far more important than just mere sweetness. The 1991 vintage brought Kracher his ﬁrst international acclaim, and shortly afterward, his name would become synonymous with cult sweet wines, especially in America.
Zwischen den Seen "in between the lakes" are the wines aged in wood barrels or tanks, and under long yeast contact to deliver fresh, fruity wines with grape aromas. The Nouvelle Vague wines are aged in small barrels and allowed to interact with air during the aging process. The Nouvelle Vague are vivid and lively in taste, these wines show a spicy depth and length.
The dessert wines from Kracher are now widely considered some of the finest "Stickies" or sweet wines in the world. In fact, the Kracher wines have bested the noble (and much, much more expensive) Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes in numerous blind tastings. These wines are bright fresh and a true celebration to drink and enjoy. Kracher sweet wines are also incredibly interesting and delicious to drink following extended aging; they are built to last generations.
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About the Wine
Grape Variety: 100% Scheurebe
Residual Sugar: 289 g/L
Acidity: 8.3 g/L
Vinification: Fermented and matured in stainless steel for a period of 18 months.
Tasting notes: Sweet Wine. 100% Scheurebe. Bright golden-yellow. Bouquet of meadow herbs, delicate notes of stone fruit, and lychee. The palate is fresh and vibrant, with nuances of pineapple, and tropical fruit notes on the finish, complemented with a hint of honey in the aftertaste. Good grip.
An exquisitely floral honeysuckle aroma surrounds a creamy yet sharp note of passion fruit, while a peppery verve tingles around the edges. The palate has the same playful character: a floral tease here, a full-blown passion-fruit kiss there, a total embrace of sweetness balanced by a sure-footed command of acid that draws everything together and assembles a newly precise picture with every sip. This is so heady, so delicious, so pure, so moreish that it should be a controlled substance. This should hold well through 2040, at least. ~100WE