Monte Bernardi Retromarcia Chianti Classico DOCG 2018



Chianti Classico 2018 DOCG

94/100 Decanter Magazine

Biodynamic and Organic certified 





A jewel, one of those wines you can drink with glorious abandon – or simply sit quietly to enjoy its subtle complexities. You can see your fingers holding the stem of the glass – Sangiovese, I am told, should never show up opaque, and is questionable if it does. But the wine is transparent also in that, in a single sip, you can sense the place, the much-loved vines, the classic galestro/albarese soil, the sun, the dappled shade on the well-cared-for canopy. Intelligent and delightful. Drinking window 2021-2030

Tasted by Emily O’Hare for Decanter Magazine, 15 Dec 2020 – 94/100


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Retromarcia is a Chianti Classico made from 100% Sangiovese grapes (since 2010). The grapes come from vineyards consisting of shale (Galestro) 70%, sandstone (Arenaria-Calcare-Pietraforte) 20%, limestone (Alberese) 10%. The vineyards age range from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico; the result is a fresh and fruity, medium-bodied, well-balanced wine, with a nice structure, juicy acidity and a long finish.

The Italian word Retromarcia means more to us than its literal translation “to back up” or “to reverse”, it has been our aim to produce intensely typical and expressive wines from Tuscany’s historic zone – Chianti Classico, using only traditional grapes. With the name Retromarcia, we are emphasizing a return to the natural elegance and charm of Sangiovese.

Denomination: Chianti Classico DOCG

Estate grown:100% Estate grown fruit, integralmente prodotto e imbottigliato, since 2010

Vineyards Location: Panzano in Chianti

Exposure: South

Varietals: Sangiovese (100%), since 2010

Grape yield: 4,000 kilos per hectare

Annual production: 45,000 – 54,000 – 750mL, 500 – 1,5L

Fermentation: Fermentation and maceration on skins in a combination of concrete and stainless steel vats

Duration: Average of 23 days

Temperature: Allowed to rise to a maximum of 30°C

Malolactic fermentation: Natural, in oak

Maturation: 18 months in large casks, non-lined concrete (30%) and used Tonneaux

Filtration: No

Fining: Fining in the bottle (min. of 3 months)

Ageing:  Pleasurable to drink upon release, but can also be aged for greater complexity (minimum 10 years)

Colour: Deep, ruby red with hints of purple

Nose: Intense mountain herbs, aromas of cranberry, wild cherry and red plums, anise, spice, and orange peel

Flavor: Fresh and fruity, medium-bodied, well balanced, with a nice structure, juicy acidity and a long finish

Serving temperature: 18°C
Serving suggestion: Typical Tuscan dishes, medium aged cheeses
Alcohol: 13.0 – 13.5%

Additional information

bottle | case (5% discount)

bottle, case (5% discount)

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