- 60% Sangiovese
- 20% Cabinet Sauvignon
- 20% Merlot
Rocca di Frassinello, 2016 Italy, Maremma,Toscana
An intense ruby red colour with hints of garnet, this is a wine that succeeds in combining strength, intensity and elegance. Soft tannins give it a roundness in the mouth, aromas of fruit and a pleasant spiciness. The taste has depth, but is lively and with good balance.
The first label, le grand vin according to the Bordeaux classification, is the highest expression of this Italian-French project. It achieved the highest critical acclaim right from the first harvest which was the 2004 vintage. A great competition wine according to Christian Le Sommer, winemaker at Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild-Lafite, who created it together with Alessandro Cellai.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
A collaboration between the people behind iconic Tuscan winery Castellare di Castellina and leading French wine brand Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite, Rocca di Frassinello was born out of a desire to bring together Castellare’s experience in cultivating Sangiovese with Lafite’s long standing knowledge of classical French varieties like Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.
Situated between Gavorrano and Ribolla in the Grosseto province in Maremma, the soils have similar characteristics to those of Chianti and Montalcino, but with slightly higher temperatures, so the late-ripening grapes are able to reach maturation earlier here compared to those vineyards further north. Moderating sea breezes pass through the area to keep the climate perfectly balanced for the grapes.
They have 90 hectares of vineyards equally divided to Italian and French varieties. The state-of-the-art winery, the vision of architect Renzo Piano, is designed to eliminate the use of pumps: the grapes are brought to a large square, which Renzo named the “sagrato” (churchyard), are sorted and then end up in the fermentation vats by force of gravity through small windows in the floor.