Chianti Classico Riserva Il Brunone
Grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo Toscano
Chianti Classico is a leading Tuscan DOCG zone which covers approximately 7,000ha between Florence and Siena. Its vineyards stretch into the Apennine foothills at between 150m and 500m altitude and encompass two distinct terroirs and styles. The sandy alluvial soils of the lower sites yield fuller, meatier wines while the limestone and galestro rocks of the higher vineyards deliver finer, more ethereal examples.
The origins of Chianti date back to the Middle Ages although Chianti Classico was really born in 1716 when Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany classified the zone, identifying the villages of Radda, Greve, Panzano, Gaiole and Castellina as the leading sites. These same villages still represent the nucleus of the Chianti Classico DOCG today. The regulations have been revised, however, to insist that the wine is made from a minimum 80% Sangiovese and a maximum 20% Canaiolo and ‘ameliorative’ grapes (like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon). From the 2006 vintage no white grapes are allowed.
Chianti Classico cannot be released until 1st October in the year following the harvest, while Chianti Classico Riserva must undergo 24 months of ageing before release, including at least 3 months in bottle. At the region’s top addresses, French barriques are gradually being adopted in the place of the traditional, larger Slavonian ‘botte’.
The philosophy of the Losi company is based on two fundamental principles, quality research and preservation of typical characteristics. The secret to overcome the challenges of the market consist in the ability to combine tradition and innovation. The Losi company has succeeded in combining these two elements, maximizing the quality level of their wines and winning the even more aggressive market competition. The Losi family produce great wine with high organoleptic value, in line with the even more critical consumer demand. This task is accomplished by the family through the constant renewal of the vineyards and the improvement of the wine-making techniques.
Thanks to their great experience and optimal terrain, the Losi family succeeds in obtaining high quality grapes in their vineyards, an important prerequisite for a good wine. Finally, a permanent process of improvement and development of facilities and equipment in the cellar has allowed a steady improvement in wine-making techniques.