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Il Carmignano Docg

The Carmignano DOCG is one of the great Tuscan red wines, even if one of the least known. Yet, it has an ancient history which few names, few denominations in the world can boast, fascinating anecdotes and many illustrious people who, over the centuries, have interwoven it with merit and praise.

The Carmignano is now one of the smallest Italian DOCG: it has about a dozen producers and an exiguous number of bottles on the market. In view of the great names of Tuscany, Carmignano is a wine that is yet to be fully discovered, even though in the past it had experienced periods of great fame and was highly appreciated by nobles, scholars and eminent persons. Just think that in 1716 Cosimo III de 'Medici issued the edict "On the Declaration of' boundaries of the four regions of Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano and Valdarno" which defined the boundaries of the production of this wine, and it established several marketing names, in order to protect it from counterfeiting and improper storage. And before that, already in 1396, Carmignano is mentioned in a document between the notary Ser Lapo Mazzei and the merchant of Prato Marco Datini: Mazzei tells Datini that he had ordered for his wine cellar “fifteen loads of Charmignano wine paying 16 lire a load ", a price four times higher than for other wines of the area. The blend of Carmignano is the only one among the Tuscan DOCG which includes Cabernet Sauvignon (or Cabernet Franc) together with Sangiovese: it is said that the Cabernet was brought to this area in the sixteenth century by Catherine de 'Medici, Queen of France; in fact even today elderly people call it “francesca grapes", that is French. After an unfortunate period in which Carmignano was incorporated in the Chianti denomination as its sub-zone, starting from the 70s this wine had a come back, proudly making its way to become first a Doc and then from 1990, a Docg. It was finally clear that Chianti and Carmignano had to remain two distinct wines: the story had made them two blood brothers, but now each emerged with its own character and a strong personality.

Chianti DOCG

When you say Chianti, what automatically comes to mind is Tuscany and its wines. Chianti and Carmignano have a history which for some years had been interwoven, up until when they became formally distinct however they continued to maintain a strong bond. In fact in the 30s of the last century the ancient Medici Doc was incorporated in Chianti Montalbano Doc. It remained so until 1975 when the Carmignano Doc gained full autonomy, with a certification retroactive to the vintage of '69 and since 1984 is Docg. Today Chianti is a large area that covers many zones of Tuscany, for a total of 15,500 hectares of vineyards; mainly cultivation of Sangiovese. Given the vastness of the territory sub-zones have been identified, which are distinguished both by geographical coordinates and by the organoleptic characteristics of the wine, depending on the different soils and climatic conditions.

The Chianti wine of the Artimino Estate is a blend of Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo: a full-bodied red wine, crisp and characterized by intense notes of red fruits and violets. The freshness of the scents and the fineness of the tannin is the result of vinification and refining in only stainless steel containers. A stylistic production choice that wants to enhance the uniqueness of the scents and immediacy of this wine, without necessarily wanting to "tame" it with aging in wood. This wine comes from the areal Chianti Montalbano: it is part of a rather limited, restricted production of Chianti wine that takes its name from the nearby mountain range. An area rich in history, ancient settlements and fortifications which were repeatedly fought over for centuries – due to its value and also to its strategic position; much loved by the Medici family for the wealth of wildlife and the landscape.


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