Chianti Classico DOCG Al Limite di San Leonino is the cru of the Chianti Classico; born from a single vineyard and has consistently obtained the highest scores for elegance and typicality. Aged for about 18 months in oak barrels and completed by a further year of aging in glass, it is a Chianti that enhances the enormous potential of Sangiovese.Sangiovese.
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|Designation||Chianti Classico DOCG|
|Alcohol Content||13,5% vol.|
|Formats||Bottle of 750 ml.|
|Tasting||Color: ruby-off. Bouquet: explosive of aromas of ripe cherry, violet, mentholated tobacco, rhubarb. Taste: warm and silky, rich in gustatory tension and sapid minerality, with an elegant, engaging tannin.|
|Food matches||Red Meat, Game, Aged Cheese|
|Service temperature||16° – 18° C.|
|Suggested glass||Tulip glass very large|
Al Limite Chianti Classico - Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita
AL LIMITE of a TERROIR
San Leonino is effectively a border area between Florence and Siena, of contrast between clay and alberese, between a continental climate and the more temperate one to the south of Siena.
AN AL LIMITE GRAPE VARIETY
The purity of Sangiovese 100%
It is only by limiting ourselves to this that we succeed in bringing out the unique features of the area.
AL LIMITE of TECHNIQUES
At a time like the present one, which has seen standardization of the area’s wines, we wanted to bring out the grape variety and the land in a traditional style.
After fermentation in steel and 18 days on the skins at controlled temperatures, the wine ages for 18 months in 30 hl Slavonian oak barrels and concrete tanks.
AN AL LIMITE STYLE
A dazzling ruby red colour, an explosively aromatic nose: ripe cherries, violets, menthol tobacco, rhubarb.
Warm, silky palate, packed with tasting tension and tangy mineral notes with stylish, all encompassing tannins.
For us, making an AL LIMITE wine means a Chianti Classico which embodies its denomination and is an authentic expression of its land.
The San Leonino Farm has been producing wine since the parish church it gets its name from, and to which it belongs, became part of the Lega del Chianti.
The church of San Leonino in Conio (the land attached to the church) is mentioned in several documents, the first of which date from 1043, 1076 and 1077. In those days, it came under the Diocese of Fiesole, but being on the border between Florence, Siena and Volterra, it was constantly being fought over to gain control of the area. But as well as being attached to the town and situated in a strategic area, on a hill where the Staggia stream and the Gena ditch provide water, the farm enjoyed a flourishing economy, as shown by the tithes paid between 1275 and 1300.
At the end of all the territorial conflicts between Florence and Siena, the church finally came under the Florentine state and became one of the strongholds of the Lega del Chianti, as can be seen in the 1384 statute.
In the last 50 years there have been several different owners, up until the arrival of the Angelini family in 1994, who are the current owners of the Bertani Domanis group of wineries, which San Leonino belongs to.
The first bottle of Chianti Classico was sold in 1973.
Today, San Leonino spans a total surface area of 100 hectares, 52 of which are vineyards and 6 of olive groves. The farm is in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti, near the small Medieval village which surrounds the Romanesque church of San Leonino, where the name and logo come from (which is the stylised reproduction of the top section of the bell tower).