Castello di Cacchiano, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Millennio 2013 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: ITTU1207B13S
The 2010 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter in their May 2019 panel tasting of 2010 Chianti Classico (see blue link below).
Castello Di Cacchiano, Millennio, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010 - May 2019 Decanter review
Castello di Cacchiano was founded in the 10th century and has been in the Ricasoli family for over 1,000 years. The estate is situated near Gaiole in Chianti, some 20km north-east of Siena.
Winemaking at the estate dates back to the 12th century. Today, this estate consists of ~200 hectares with some 32 hectares dedicated to vineyards (with the remainder dedicated to olive oil production). The vineyards are situated some 400m above sea level with most slopes south-facing, being ideal for hard-to-ripen Sangiovese. The soil composition, which is made of calcareous clay with substantial portions of crumbled limestone and sandstone - Chianti's famous albarese soil - provides an excellent substratum for the cultivation of vines. Thanks to the soil and to the ideal microclimate, the vines are able to develop to their full potential.
Castello di Cacchiano produce about 120,000 bottles of wine annually. This wine typically sees some 6,000 bottles produced each year.
This is the estate flagship and standard-bearer. It has been produced for many years since its inception (to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the estate), previously as a Riserva; however, its strictly estate-based production and extended ageing qualify it for the more stringent criteria of Chianti Classico's Gran Selezione (GS) classification, which was introduced in 2010 (which was the first vintage of the Millennio to bear the GS label).
- Date of harvest: early October, 2013.
- Fermentation temperature: 30-31°C.
- Maceration of/on the skins: 4 weeks.
- Maturation: small casks, barriques and tonneaux all made with French oak (Allier.
- Period of maturation: 4.5 years
As above, Andrew Jefford said of the 2010, "Very refined, mature aromas of meat stock, laurel and a touch of cream unveil a poised and graceful palate with bright-eyed acidity and deft tannins, contriving to give a sense of balletic energy. Enticing and mouthwatering, as well as very classic". The 2013 is now at a similar age to the 2010 at the time of that review, and we would echo those words of this vintage.