On June 18 of 1549, Michelangelo Buonarroti, known best for his sculpture of David and painting the Sistine Chapel, acquired Podere Casanova in Castellina in Chianti. Further records indicate that wine from this estate was sent to the renaissance man’s Florence residence in 1551. The estate remained in the hands of the Buonarroti family until 1863. Fast forward to 1926, following some ups and downs, the Bucciarelli family of sharecroppers settled on the property, tending to its vines, olive groves, and cultivating cereals. With the agrarian reform, the Bucciarelli family finally purchased the estate in 1982, and since 1986 has been bottling Chianti Classico according to their own vision: 100% Sangiovese, limited production, certified organic, spontaneous fermentation and aging in cement and cask.
An aura of mystery surrounds these wines: we found them deeply transporting and utterly transfixing. Enticed again and again for another taste, their aromatics beguiled us as layers of complexity enveloped our palates and left us thinking that Michelangelo had indeed made a good investment!
- 100% Sangiovese from estate-owned vineyards in Castellina in Chianti
- South east facing vineyards 420 to 500 meters above sea level
- Mostly Galestro soils with some clay and Alberese
- Spontaneous fermentation-maceration in cement tank lasts a month
- Malolactic fermentation happens naturally in the spring and summer after the harvest
- Aged in 9 to 20 hectoliter casks for two years (mixed between Slavonian and 60 year old Tuscan oak casks)
- 1000-1500 cases produced depending on the vintage
- 1986 was the first year of production