Piero Lanza is one of Chianti's finest artisans, and Fattoria Poggerino is one of the region's most progressive estates, with intensive vineyard work at its core. He farms organically, and incorporates some biodynamic practices. The vineyards have been meticulously reworked over the years, with underperforming vines removed and replaced with considered clonal selections, amongst other adjustments. Poggerino is in the zone of Radda in Chianti, which Lanza calls some of the region's most prized territory: “Radda, to me, is a place that allows me to make unique wines… You can be a great winemaker, but without a great terroir it’s hard to make truly exceptional wine… The wines we produce here in Radda have a richness and concentration of fruit, acidity and tannin that are all their own.”
The wines are made in a traditional way, but are suffused with a sense of intensity and purity, a nexus that almost all of the top Italian producers achieve. So, we're talking open concrete fermenters, indigenous yeast and large Slavonian oak, letting the vineyards and the fruit speak – pure, classic, detailed, and intense. Poggerino is one of our favourite Chianti producers, year in, year out.
It's worth reading Walter Speller's concise notes on both wines. Walter is Jancis Robinson's Italian expert, and we rate his opinions very highly. Aside from being an extremely talented taster, he is a passionate lover of the wines of Italy, chasing authenticity and classicism, and operates with impeccable integrity. His words, and frugally awarded points really mean something. We're offering these wines at pre-arrival prices for a limited time, with the Riserva from the majestic 2016 vintage due in June (we have very limited stock), while the Chianti Classico is ready to go – it's sure to be our go-to Chianti this winter (and beyond, of course.)
“The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Bugialla is a total knock-out. Plush, dark and explosive, the 2016 possesses superb depth and textural richness. Super-ripe black cherry, plum, espresso, licorice, new leather and spice all flesh out in a heady, super-distinctive Riserva loaded with class and personality. The 2016 is fabulous in every way, but I especially admire its explosive energy.”
– Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com: 95 points
Radda in Chianti. 100% Sangiovese. Lustrous, deep ruby. Focused, stony, peppery nose that is not yet completely open. Embryonic palate with gorgeous sappy cherry fruit and firm grainy tannins a little reminiscent of Nebbiolo. Great balance and already hard to resist, but deserves much more age. Real Riserva quality.
– Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com: 18/20