Appellation: Toscana IGT
Grapes: 100% Grand Noir
Vinification and refinement
Grand Noir grapes are selected and harvested by hand. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks in contact with the skins for 8-10 days. During the year three rackings are made and then the wine is bottled without any filtration and refined in bottle for a minimum of 12 months.
Colour: Intense ruby red color with purple reflections.
Bouquet: Very fruity on the nose with hints of strawberry and wild dark fruits.
Taste: Very spicy and complex with elegant nuances of black pepper and Mediterranean balsamic herbs, light refreshing body with velvety texture.
Thanks to its spicy and light flavor the Grand Noir matches perfectly with Asiatic cuisine and light meals; it is also a perfect red wine for appetizers. Serve at 18°-20° C.
The Grand Noir is a hybrid derived from a cross between Aramond and Petit Bouchet. It was created in 1885 by Henry Bouchet, who baptized it with the name "Grand Noir de la Calmette" in honor of the place where there was his property in the Hérault department. It is a vine with colored berry spread in France in the XX century. While until the sixties it was the fifth grape for extension of hectares, (about 31.000) currently it has almost disappeared from its country of origin. It was introduced in Italy (in Tuscany) by Professor Racah at the beginning of the XX century in order to replace Colorino and Tinturier. It was particularly common in the area of the Pisan Hills. Today this type of vine, almost disappeared, thanks to a research of Castellani lasted more than 15 years in collaboration with the University of Pisa, began to grow in Poggio al Casone hills.
The Poggio al Casone vineyard is located on the first hills overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea in the municipality of Crespina, an ancient castle in the province of Pisa. In the heart of the vineyards are located the main villa and the old houses built during the Leopoldina era (circa 1800) and recently restored respecting their history, now set of the wine experimentation centre of the Castellani Family and of a renowned resort farmhouse. The vineyards cover about 27 hectares of alluvial soils consisting of tufaceous sands alternating with layers of gravel from river result of repeated flooding of the mouth of Arno river. The location of the vineyard at the confluence of the Arno valley and the plains overlooking the sea, is one of the elements that makes the area particularly vocated to the production of quality wines, thanks to the deep and draining soils, sea breezes and intense brightness. The entire vineyard has been subject of repeated renovations in the 60s by engineer Sarti, inventor of the Vespa engine, and then by the Castellani Family who, since 1995 - year of the acquisition - has turned the estate into one of the most famous ones of coastal Chianti. The Poggio al Casone estate hosts the experimental vineyards of the University of Pisa dedicated to the research and preservation of local varieties.