The Castiglioni estate has been a defining symbol of the Frescobaldi family’s wine-growing tradition since 1300. Production of Tuscan wines, enjoyed by both the papal court and English court of Henry VIII in the 16th century, began here.
On the hills of the Castiglioni estate, the vines began to sprout new shoots in early April following a dry and relatively mild winter. March and April saw a few showers which added to the water reserves needed for the young shoots to grow and develop. The flowering stage and subsequent summer season were characterised by a lack of rainfall and high temperatures that enabled the grape bunches to grow and mature in a healthy environment. Thanks to their ability to store moisture, Castiglioni’s typical clay-rich soils played an essential role in alleviating drought stress caused by the lack of rain in summer, and helped the grapes to reach highly concentrated levels of sugar and polyphenols.
Estate and vineyard location
Tenuta di Castiglioni, Montespertoli
Prevalently Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese
Alcohol by volume
Tenuta Frescobaldi Castiglioni 2017 boasts a beautifully deep and intense ruby-red colour with tinges of purple. Its bouquet is marvellous in its complexity. The fruity attack, with notes reminiscent of blackberry and sour cherries, gives way to elegant vanilla-like notes with light hints of tobacco and white pepper. It is warm, soft and round on the palate, with fruity notes that reverberate and a delicately spiced, elegantly fresh finish. The tannins are fine yet intense.
The wine is well suited to accompany stewed or panfried meats and roasted pork. Ideal with hare and boar, it is also pleasant with savoury cheeses.