French wines have long been the focus of the Ansonia portfolio. Of the 45 winemakers we work with, about half are from Burgundy, and all but a few are French. Our longtime exception to this rule is the Fattoria Poggerino.
Poggerino’s wines are all pure sangiovese — dark, delicately balanced expressions of an intense, powerful grape. We’ve worked with Poggerino for almost 15 years, but recently their star has risen dramatically. In his recent book Rajat Parr calls their wines “some of the purest expressions of [Sangiovese] in Italy.”
As usual, the entire Poggerino lineup will appear in next Sunday’s January Futures release. But we’re singling one of our favorites out today to review in a bit more detail.
Poggerino’s 2018 Chianti Classico bursts with intensity and energy. It’s at once expansive and well defined — it shows strawberry jam, anise, and a pleasant dustiness on the nose. The ripe fruit carries seamlessly across the palate, which is pleasantly mouth filling — but neither hot nor flabby — and the tannins are fine-grained and attractive. Look for notes of cherries and dried roses. This is beautifully made wine without pretense, and it is a remarkable value.
We seem to say this often, but once again we found this among the finer vintages of Chianti Classico that Poggerino has made. The Riserva, a few magnums, and a surprise new wine will be included in the January Futures. We’ve reserved a bunch of this wine, but it’s among our most popular, so readers interested are encouraged to reserve.
If you’ve got Poggerino in your cellar already, this vintage is an excellent opportunity for replenishing your stock. And if you’re new to the wine, Futures offers a discounted way to try it out.
Poggerino Chianti Classico 2018
Ansonia retail: $300
January Futures: $250/case
Email Tom to reserve a case