Tenuta di Carleone il Guercio

Tenuta di Carleone il Guercio

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Tenuta di Carleone is a relatively young winery located in the Radda area of Chianti Classico. It was created by two expats in 2012 - Austrian born Karl Egger and English born Sean O’Callaghan, who cut his teeth for 26 years at Riecine in Gaiole. Known to his friends as ‘Il Guercio’, meaning ‘one-eyed rascal’ (he was born blind in his right eye), Sean is a trailblazer in the move towards a purer expression of Chianti Classico. For greater context, it's important to recognize that Chianti Classico is at a crossroads. Large producers, who'd like to see Chianti Classico emulate the style of Brunello di Montalcino, have gone all in on the Gran Selezione. This controversial classification favors extensive oak ageing and extraction. In contrast, producers like Tenuta di Carleone avoid overt oak influence and the wines are often made from 100% Sangiovese. Where Gran Selezione Chianti Classico resembles Bordeaux, Tenuta di Carleone Chianti Classico is akin to Burgundy. The entire property covers 100 hectares, of which 20 hectares are planted to biodynamic farmed vines. 10 hectares of the property are reserved for olive trees, some of which are 60 years old.

This is how Sean O'Callaghan describes this special wine - "Something different. 100% Sangiovese from the “Mello” vineyard in Gaiole in Chianti, 700 m above sea level. The grapes are picked late to get maximum ripeness from this beautiful high-lying vineyard. Fermented in cement tanks with 20% whole bunches. The very long maceration of 4 months gives this wine a wonderful fruit character, which differentiates it from the more classic styles."

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