Pietro Beconcini – Chianti

Eva and Leo produce wines in the hills around San Miniato, to the west of Florence. The area lies within the Chianti DOCG, but this really only plays a small part in there viticultural endeavours, favouring vineyard blends and varietal expression in their wines. The estate has a fabulous array of aspects and soils, and even have a small (and genuine) parcel of old vine Tempranillo that they use in the blend IXE an indulgent and richly formed wine that has a flavour of Tuscany as much as it does Tempranillo. Maurleo is a wonderfully aromatic blend of Sangiovese and Malvasia Nero, which is light footed and beautifully proportioned, losing none of the characters of either varietal, only melding them perfectly. Antiche Vie is a delicious, toothsome and savoury Chianti brimming with cherry fruit and smoky tang.

We have added both the fabulous Vin Santo, which was described to me by a friend tasting the wines as one of the truly authentic Vin Santo he had tasted for a very long time (he used to work int he Italian restaurant trade) and the bizarre, but utterly excellent Vigne alle Nicche, an Amarone style wine made form Tempranillo. It is sublime and conveys perfectly the soil and varietal character, as well as the skill of Leo’s wine making.

Currently available

  • 2012 Chianti DOCG Antichi Vie
  • 2010 Maurleo
  • 2010 Ixe Tempranillo
  • 2008 Vigne alle Nicche (and Magnums)
  • 2004 Vin Santo