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Monte Bernardi, Colli della Toscana Centrale Rosso



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A fruity, aromatic Sangiovese based wine with soft, fine tannins. This medium to full-bodied and extremely well balanced.



This wine was in previous vintages Monte Bernardi's Chianti Classico Riserva.  For tenuous reasons, this particular vintage didn't pass the Consorzio's tasting panel, who said that it lacked colour and structure. A full explanation is below, but we still think the wine is delicious and worthy of a place on any dinner table!

The wine still originates from vineyards which are over 40 years of age. These vineyards are situated in the hilly, southern most region of Panzano, an area that has been acknowledged as one of the Grand Cru's of Chianti Classico, and is considered capable of making wines that can compete with the best in the world. The result here is a fruity, aromatic Sangiovese based wine with soft, fine tannins. This medium to full-bodied and extremely well balanced.


"Fear not, the wine is as good as it always is and also consistent in the style of Monte Bernardi wines. The label change is the necessity of a remarkable and rather frustrating quirk of the Chianti classification approval system.  Within the Classico region of Chianti all wines to be classified as Chianti Classico or Classico Riserva must be approved by the Consorzio, the governing body.  The first part of the approval process involves technical analysis which this wine passed without issue.

The second part involves a tasting by a Consorzio panel. This tasting is entirely subjective (and seems to be geared towards wines with big extraction and structure, oak etc as this is still perceived as the way to gain international notoriety for the wines).  Ironically, Monte Bernardi is a paragon of traditionalism using long gentle macerations and only large format old wood in their Chiantis. In this instance their elegant, pure and vibrant expression of Sangiovese was deemed to lack enough colour and structure to be “typical” and it was not approved to be labelled as Chianti Classico Riserva".

Here is an explanation straight from the horse’s mouth:

“For the vintage 2016 only, the wine that has always been and was to be our Monte Bernardi Riserva Chianti Classico, from the 50 year old plus vineyards and classic Galestro soils, will be declassified and labelled as Monte Bernardi Colli della Toscana Centrale Rosso IGT.

This is a result of subjective conflicting opinions of style and what constitutes a Chianti Classico Riserva. The wine passed all of the analytical tests for a Chianti Classico Riserva, but it did not past the tasting panel portion. It was deemed too light in colour and structure. We are of course disappointed that these subjective elements have led to declassification, especially when our opinion is that the 2016 couldn’t be more wonderful and true to our Classico style, which is, by nature, not intensely coloured yet entirely Sangiovese in it’s hues and elegant structure.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to you and your customers who may desire the Chianti Classico Riserva designation, but we are confident that in terms of quality, integrity, and authenticity that the wine is very much to the highest Monte Bernardi standards and will still be referred by us as our Monte Bernardi Riserva”.



We aim to keep our vintage information up to date but the vintage displayed may not always being the vintage in stock. If you require a specific vintage please get in touch.
, Canaiolo, Sangiovese
AllergensMay contain allergens please contact us if you require any additional information
Biodynamic No
Organic Yes
Natural No
Grape Canaiolo, Sangiovese
Vegan No
Oak Levels No
Vegetarian No
Vintage 2016
ABV 13%
Bottle Size 750ml
Country Italy
Producer Monte Bernardi
EW Bin Number ITA082
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