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News & Events
For the fifth year running, a Chianti Classico Lamole di Lamole has obtained the most prestigious award for an Italian wine: “Tre Bicchieri” by the Gambero Rosso Vini d'Italia guide.
In fact, the 2018 edition of the guide gave our Chianti Classico Etichetta Blu DOCG the highest possible ranking: the jury only awards “Tre Bicchieri” to wines they themselves classify as “extraordinary”.
In the preceding editions, in 2015 and 2014, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto di Campolungo obtained the highest ranking.
This is the second time Etichetta Blu enters the Gambero Rosso guide of Italian excellence and we are very proud of this result.
This Chianti Classico is our most “international” wine because it adds small quantities of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to traditional Sangiovese ones.
The result is an exciting, modern interpretation of Chianti Classico: sour black cherry and mixed berry aromas prevail together with a floral bouquet in this wine with a well-rounded and glyceric mouth-feel and a full, plump mid palate. The finish is still dominated by the sweet aromas of fruit and spices.
The 2017 Gambero Rosso Wine Guide has awarded “Three Glasses” to our 2013 Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.: one of the most prestigious accolades a wine can obtain in Italy, and a real key for success in foreign markets.
This Award – following that assigned last year to our 2012 Blue Label Chianti Classico - rewards one of the most genuine interpretations of Chianti Classico. This wine of ours is the expression of a unique terroir, in which the vineyards lie on terraces at an altitude of over 500 meters above sea level: a situation that allows the fruit to attain optimum ripeness and at the same time confers particular elegance, richness and persistence to the wines’ aromas.
These are all characteristics to be found in a glass of Chianti Classico 2013, ideal for pairing with one of the traditional dishes of Tuscan cuisine or with grilled pork served with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
The first accolades are just coming in from the main wine guides, which will come out at the end of the year. Vinibuoni d’Italia – one of Italy’s most widely read guides, published in conjunction with Touring Club Italiano and dealing specifically with wines from indigenous grape varieties – has just announced its “Crowns” for 2017, that is to say those wines that received maximum points from some twenty tasting panels, involving more than eighty wine trade professionals who specialize in the products of the various Regions of Italy. One of the winners of a “Crown” was our 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva from Lamole di Lamole, a wine that includes 95% of Sangiovese grapes, in perfect line with the history and tradition of Italy’s oldest Denomination.
Even the Romans - and later the writers of the 19th century – indicated Lamole as the source of some of the finest Chianti wines.
And to confirm this tradition of quality – based on human labor, constant attention to the environment and, of course, also excellent soil and climatic conditions – the event known as “I profumi di Lamole” takes place every year, with the aim of introducing wine lovers and trade professionals alike to the special features of this unique site, which overlooks the whole of Chianti Classico.
Its wine is a high-altitude Chianti of particular finesse and elegance, thanks to the characteristics of a soil that is rich in manganese and iron. All of the producers in Lamole, including obviously ourselves at “Lamole di Lamole”, participated in the event which, for the tenth year in a row, “crowned” the ideal testimonial for the hamlet’s wines: an accolade that went this year to Tuscan sommelier Pietro Palma.
On display there were tasting tables featuring all of our wines, as well as the gastronomic specialties of the zone.
Wine tastings tutored by the above-mentioned Pietro Palma and by Davide Bonucci made the program even richer.
For the friends of “Lamole di Lamole”, there was a shuttle service between our winery and the Santa Margherita-Tenimenti Toscani Bistro at Greti in Chianti, thus conserving as far as possible the environment of Lamole. As always, the guided tours of our historic cellars were crowded.
At the end of the event, there was the ceremony of the “ninth” wine of Lamole, produced from the fusion in a single wine of the production of the eight wineries in the area: a symbol of unity in the name of the most authentic of Chiantis.
Lamole di Lamole was also present at "Vintage, wines that stand the test of time", the event organized by “Civiltà del Bere” at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan on 24th May 2016.
This was an entire day devoted to the Italian wines that are most suitable for lengthy aging: a premium selection of top Italian products, in which our Tuscan estate in the heart of Chianti Classico simply had to be present!
Lamole di Lamole showed its 2013 and 1997 Chianti Classicos (Sangiovese and other varieties, matured in large oak casks); the 2012 and 1997 Blue Label Chianti Classicos (in which, together with Sangiovese, one finds Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with maturation in barriques); and the 2011 and 1997 Chianti Classico Riservas (Sangiovese and Canaiolo, with two years’ maturation in large oak casks).
There was a large turnout of wine lovers, drawn by this really unique opportunity to gauge the ability to evolve of these splendid examples of Italian winemaking. And, for us, it was a chance to demonstrate how the natural elegance of Lamole’s wines is confirmed and develops perfectly over the course of time.
Monday 16th May saw the close of “Terre d’Italia 2016 - Vini d’Autore”, the highly successful tasting event organized by “L’Aquabona” in the Versilia region of Tuscany, which this year - in its fourth edition - opened its doors to all of Italy’s top producers after focusing in the past on the most important viti-vinicultural zones.
An exceptional range of wines was available, including those from many of Italy’s most prestigious wineries, and with a section devoted to vins de garde, older vintages of particularly sought-after wines. In all eighty producers were present, with 400 wines on tasting.
On Monday 16th the old vintages could also be tasted, so this was an ideal opportunity to appreciate the real savoir faire of these producers, able to make wines that time can only improve.
Lamole di Lamole participated and offered the following wines for tasting: Chianti Classico 2013; Chianti Classico Blue Label 2013; Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Vigneto di Campolungo” 2011. The old vintage we showed, on the other hand, was the Chianti Classico Riserva 1997.
A series of accolades for our Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.: three of the most authoritative and widely-read U.S. magazines, which are touchstones for experts and wine lovers all over the world, have in fact reviewed our wines and issued judgments that are decidedly complimentary. We are talking about Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits and Wine Enthusiast.
Our Gran Selezione Vigneto di Campolungo 2011, for example, earned 90-point ratings from Wine & Spirits and also from Wine Enthusiast; the 2012 Blue Label (our blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), on the other hand, was given an 87 by Wine Enthusiast, which also awarded a more than gratifying 88-point score to our 2012 Chianti Classico D.O.C.G..
The real high scorer, though, was our 2011 Riserva, with no less than 93 points from Wine Spectator and 90 from Wine Enthusiast. For the former, this wine is “beautifully balanced, with notes of cherry, leather, spice and underbrush”, while Wine Enthusiast underlines the elegance and structure contributed by the tannins, its powerful aromas that include hints of wild berries and menthol, and the very rich flavors on the palate, in which fruity sensations of black cherry and crushed raspberry mingle with notes of licorice and spices.
Both magazines – which are fundamental for many consumers in forming their opinions and guiding their buying choices – highlight the great aging potential of this wine.
For us at Lamole di Lamole, these results are not only a source of satisfaction, but also of encouragement to carry on along the path we have taken so far: absolute respect for the terroir, extreme attention to the environment and the sustainability of all our production processes, as well as great care in preserving all the qualities in the grapes that each year Nature entrusts us with.
2016 is an important year for Chianti Classico: it’s celebrating 300 years of history of a unique denomination, produced in an extraordinary region that has always been an ideal zone for the production of extremely high-quality wines.
Such a significant anniversary has to be celebrated in the best possible way. The first major appointment organized for this purpose was held on 15th and 16th February: the “Chianti Classico Collection 2016”.
In the atmospheric setting of the Leopolda Station in Florence, the Gallo Nero producers presented their new vintages at a truly unique event: 165 companies offered 587 different wines for tasting, a total of 7000 bottles which, in the two days of the “Collection”, won over both the members of the trade and wine lovers attending.
As always, the “Chianti Classico Collection” was a fascinating and exciting occasion for Lamole di Lamole, at which we presented the fruits of our hard work: those who came to see us were able to enjoy a preview tasting of the 2013 Chianti Classico, the 2012 Riserva and the 2011 Gran Selezione Vigneto di Campolungo (this last wine is already on the market).
The 2013 Chianti Classico will be available towards the end of spring this year, the 2012 Riserva at the beginning of autumn.
The next event where you will be able to find these great wines “in the glass” will therefore be the 50th edition of Vinitaly, in Verona, on our stand: a date when the fans of the Chianti Classicos from Lamole di Lamole will be able to relieve their suffering after months of waiting for the new vintages!
It’s the most prestigious accolade for Italian wines, to the extent that it is now a real institution. And this year the “Tre Bicchieri® (“Three Glass”) rating in Gambero Rosso’s 2016 “Italian Wines” Guide has been awarded to the 2012 Blue Label Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. from Lamole di Lamole.
This is a wine that we define as being the “most international” among our Chianti Classicos because – along with the traditional Sangiovese – it combines small proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes: a distinctive characteristic that makes this fine red more complex and incredibly concentrated on both the nose and palate.
It is a wine that is the expression of a unique terroir, where our organically-farmed vineyards lie on terraces at an altitude of over 500 meters above sea level. Here, thanks to the substantial differences between day- and night-time temperatures, the exposition, ventilation and the good drainage of the soil, the grapes ripen perfectly. Also, these special conditions confer a particular elegance and richness to the wine’s aromatic and taste profiles.
A Chianti Classico that is ideal for accompanying char-grilled meats and is exceptional with mature cheeses.