SAN LEONINO is a winery in the township (‘comune’) of Castellina in Chianti in the Chianti Classico DOCG in Tuscany, Italy.

OWNER | Bertani Domains, succeeding Tenimenti Angelini who had bought San Leonino from the VELM group which had acquired it in 1989.

VINEYARDS | 2019 40ha of vines an a 102ha estate. The estate lies in the far south-west of Castellina-in-Chianti, near the small village of that name which from the Middle Ages grew around the Romanesque church of San Leonino. 

RED WINES

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG, AL LIMITE | 2015 100% Sangiovese. / 2016 100% Sangiovese.

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG RISERVA, MONSENESE | Previously was 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. Under Bertani Domains the wine has become 100% Sangiovese. Altitude of 400m. Andrea Lonardi told me on 28 Feb 2019 ‘Monsenese is 100% Sangiovese grown on 100% alberese. The soil gives the wine a reductive character when young, with notes of fresh red cherry fruit and plum. The alberese also gives a gamey, meaty character to the fruit. The Calcium carbonate in the soil also gives a wine with high acidity and low pH. This is responsible for the wine’s notably fresh character. You get a lovely contrast between the two. The tannins are notably granular, more obviously angular compared to the rounder, softer almost chocolatey tannins we find in the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG from Spuntali. This allows Monsenese to age well, upto 20 years or more. 2014 100% Sangiovese. / 2015 100% Sangiovese.

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG GRAN SELEZIONE, SALIVOLPE | The name means ‘fox leap’. 2016 100% Sangiovese.

IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, SALIVOLPE | The name means ‘fox leap’. Made from Syrah.

IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, GOVERNO AL’USO TOSCANO | 2016 100% Sangiovese. 15 months in oak. Fluid, easy style at the Chianti Classico Anteprima 2018. / 2017 100% Sangiovese.

TOSCANA ROSSO, MOTUPROPRIO | See Motuproprio.

OLIVES

6ha of olive trees.

CONTACT

San Leonino, Loc. I Cipressi, 49 / I-53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI = Siena), Italy / +39 0577 804101

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Andrea Lonardi, ‘The Soul of Sangiovese Soils, presentation at Tenuta Trerose 14th Feb 2019.

Chianti Classico Anteprima 2018, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February.