Chianti Classico DOCG
Sangiovese is the soul of Chianti Classico. It’s the grape that grows in the sun, caressed by the hilly breeze, which gives this outstanding wine its ruby red hue with rich cherry shades, intense flavours and fruity aromas, pleasing the mouth with unique smoothness.
Dievole Chianti Classico DOCG is the company’s star wine, an ambassador for Dievole’s other labels. This wine fully conveys the uniqueness of and respect for the territory where it is produced.
- Variety:90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo, 3% Colorino
- Aging:13 months
- Age Worthy:7 - 8 years
- Alcohol:13,5 %
- Acidity:5,7 g/l
- Serv. Temperature:18°
Novecento Chianti Classico Riserva was made to celebrate 900 years of history at Dievole. The story began all the way back in 1090, when, according to the contract conserved in the State Archives in Siena, “two capons, 3 loaves of bread and 6 lucchesi coins forged from good silver” were paid as the annual rent for a vineyard in the “divine valley”, Dievole.
- Variety:95% Sangiovese, 3% Canaiolo, 2% Colorino
- Aging:17 months
- Age Worthy:
- Alcohol:14 % Vol.
- Acidity:5.8 g/l
- Serv. Temperature:18º
Vigna di Sessina is made using the best selection of grapes from its namesake vineyard, part of the Dievole property. The fossil-rich soil, originating from a sandstone known as “Macigno”, bestows the wine with a unique elegance and freshness.
- Variety:100% Sangiovese
- Aging:17 months
- Alcohol:14% Vol.
- Acidity:5.5 g/l
- Serv. Temperature:18ºC
Chianti Classico, the area
The Chianti Classico is an extensive area of about 70.000 hectares of land, which is characterised by its small mountain villages, situated between the two cultural capitals of Europe: Florence and Siena. It is a land of antique tradition, where humans have left their legacy ever since the Etruscan age and whose borders have been officially segregated and sanctioned in 1716 by the Grand- Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III. He also enacted measures to regulate the production, secure the stocks and sell the wine which had been produced for centuries. His symbol was, and is up to today, the “Gallo Nero” (black rooster), as a reminder of a duel between the two rivalling cities.
Dievole extends over an area of 600 hectares in the heart of the Chianti Classico, in Vagilali, which is located 7.5 miles north of Siena. From the little mountain village and the old villa Diveole, which dominates the valley from about 500 yards above sea level, the estate extends to the gentle hills in the south-east, resting 275 yards above sea level. A long Cypress-avenue leads directly into the heart of the estate where it opens up into an outstanding Tuscan panorama and in the midst of a web of white streets the scenery alternates between wide woods, olive groves, vineyards and stone mansions. It is a memorable landscape, in which the gathering of nature, history, culture through the work of man has expressed itself for centuries; A moving beauty, which enchants the whole world. Here, native olive oil and wine have been produced for more than 900 years – more specifically since 1090, the “birth year” of Deviole – whereby people often had to fight against harsh climatic conditions. The microclimate of the Chiantis did not make an exception for Deviole as well. Cold and severe winters with heavy snowfall were often followed by hot and sunny summers with only a few moderate months in between. Merely around the end of September, the sun grows milder and the temperature sinks, while the landscape shines in autumnal colours. Nowadays the seasons and activities have found a balance in Deviole and the estate grew to be a harmonic system where quality is resembled in every little gesture.
Dievole Nel Chianti Classico, The Philosophy
Currently there are 95 hectares of vineyards in use (additional 18,5 hectares will be created throughout the course of the next few years) which are situated 380 yards above sea-level and are divided into different premises, which are all connected. Each piece of land has a precise profile, which mirrors the ground, the alignment and the microclimate. The guideline is presented through the calcareous ground with a high concentration of stone and gravel, but also contains clay, sand and marl which perfectly resembles the property of the Chianti Classico area. Through the vastness of the different vineyards, the ground’s character differs greatly, thus offering a valuable mosaic of different properties to the wine. The steady element hereby, is the great level of attention, which is applied to the care of the vineyards and vines, to ensure a harmonic balance for the highest quality in grape production. Especially cultivating the ground is an important step to preserve the its vitality. This enables viticulture which is oriented in natural, ecological and sustainable agricultural practices. The vine area’s prevalence is assigned to the Sangiovese, which here is the undoubted prince of the different types of vines. However, there are also other traditional types of vine available from Tuscan or the Chianti Classico area like Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo and Colorino and white-wine varieties like Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca and San Colombano.
Devioles intend is to recapture the historical and autochthonous character of Tuscany and to reveal this through every glass, handled with utmost respect towards the authenticity of the Terroir. Also, it is always ensured that the identity of their own grape variety is not misused, for example by only working with natural yeast cells, especially during vinification. The spontaneous fermentation takes place in a raw-concrete tank, which allows for a homogeneous control of temperature and a better processing of micro-oxygenation. Enormous oak barrels from France are used for the process of ripeness-development. These barrels stem from the noble woods of Allier and serve to preserve the intact organoleptic properties of the grapes thanks to their low emission of wood flavour. The bottling happens with minimal filtration, which also keeps the wine’s quintessence flawless. The Chianti Classico DOCG Dievole and its Riservian variety, the Novecento, are the absolute synthesis of everything while the worth of tradition and the guaranty of synchronicity is unified. This selection is accompanied by the Divertimento IGT, another blend of autochthonous types of vines of the Tuscany, whose name already reveals much about its properties. To complement the selection even further, the Vin Santo, another Tuscan brand, and the Grappa made of Sangiovese-grapes are added. Lastly, the line “Le Due Arbiet” produces fresh and modern IGT Tuscan wines – in the types of white-, red-, and rosé-wine – as well as the Chianti Classico Superiore DOCG.