Discover Sangiovese with Fèlsina
Friday, December 07, 2018 in News
The Chianti region has been through three decades of dramatic change, and Fèlsina has emerged as one of its leading producers – a true champion of Sangiovese. Read more about this classic Chianti producer.
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The origins of Fèlsina go back to antiquity. Since at least Etruscan times it’s been a welcoming place to stop, rest and relax for travellers, traders and pilgrims.
Those ancients who first brought the grapevine and the olive tree to the Italian peninsula passed through here.
Fèlsina, meaning ‘verdant’, is near Siena, in the heart of Tuscany but at the southern edge of Chianti Classico, bordering the Colli Senesi.
In the cellar with Giovanni Poggiali himself.
In 1966 Domenico Poggiali purchased a single fattoria (farm estate or ‘factory’) at Fèlsina and over the next decade, with son Giuseppe, set about improving vineyard and winemaking practices across the much larger estate.
Vineyard holdings grew from less than 10 hectares to more than 40 and they purchased the entire Fèlsina estate, with its 23 originally separate winemaking operations, at the end of the 1970s. Today there are 62 hectares under vine, all farmed organically.
The team includes Giuseppe Poggiali’s brother-in-law Giuseppe Mazzocolin, his son, Giovanni Poggiali, and super-star winemaker Franco Bernabei.
They have steered Fèlsina successfully through a turbulent period with a focus on Sangiovese – the traditional grape of Chianti – on reducing yields and on a raft of other improvements in both vineyards and winery – in short, a focus on quality.
The two wines in our Fèlsina focus are both 100% Sangiovese, both from the 2015 vintage and both first made in 1983.
Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2015
A feature of the 6ha Rancia vineyard, at 400m, is a substantial monastery and farm building dating from the 9th century. Rancia balances ripe fruit with a racy freshness that supports spice, smoke, game and mineral notes on a hugely structured palate layered with complexity and character.
‘...one of the most finessed young Rancias I have ever tasted’, says Antonio Galloni of Vinous. ‘Silky, aromatically precise and nuanced to the core, the 2015 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine.’
Fontalloro Toscana IGT 2015
This is Fèlsina’s Super-Tuscan – and it is 100% Sangiovese. The border dividing Chianti Classico and Colli Senesi runs through the Fèlsina property and Fontalloro is sourced from both areas, and must therefore be labelled IGT. Fontalloro rewards patient cellaring. Dark berry fruit, leather, spice and tobacco will develop, along with earthy notes. The powerful palate is supported by medium-smooth tannins.
‘...a wine of breadth, power and persistence,’ says Antonio Galloni.
View from Rancia.
Fèlsina has made changes, yes, but only if the family believed they would improve quality without obliterating regional nuances. The wines are classic in the best sense of the word. The various terroirs and the Sangiovese grape itself are always the stars of the show.
Forty years of work has resulted in an incredible combination of complexity, structure, power and finesse in these renowned Tuscan wines.