Background: The estate is near the town, not far from the boundary between the ancient Republics of Siena and Florence. The castle originally belonged to the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Coltibuono. Meleto was originally a Florentine fortification against Siena. The name “Meleto in Chianti” is mentioned for the first time in 1269 in the Libro degli Estimi of the Florentine Guelphs as a property of the Rainerii de Ricasoli family, also owners of the Castello di Brolio. Over the centuries the Ricasoli family enlarged and improved the structure. The castle retains both its massive fifteenth-century fortifications with the imposing cylindrical tower built against the artillery, and the noble villa with its furnished and decorated rooms and its eighteenth-century theatre. In 1968 the Ricasoli family sold Castello di Meleto (Meleto Castle) and the surrounding estate, which covered around 1,100 hectares, to the Società Viticola Toscana.
IGT Toscana Rosso Borgaio: 2010 70% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot. £8-14.99. First bottle corked, second had broad, even texture, needs more fruit though as the tannins are a little too dry (no medal, DWWA 2013).
IGT Toscana Rosso Camboi: 2016 100% Malvasia Nera.
IGT Toscana Rosso Fiore: 2013 Bottled.
IGT Toscana Rosso Pieve di Spaltenna: 1999 Bottled.
IGT Toscana Rosso Pieve di Spaltenna, Alle Fonti: 1998 Bottled .
Chianti Classico DOCG, Castello di Meleto: 2008 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah. Blackcurrant fruit (Silver DWWA 2013. | 2017 100% Sangiovese. | 2018 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Ferruccio Grande: 2009 100% Sangiovese. £30-59.99. Bit of funk, burnt chocolate; second bottle was cleaner, crisp and bright (Commended, DWWA 2013).
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Vigna Casi: 2016 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Vigna Poggiarso: 2016 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Villa Roma: 2009 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot. Sticky black fruit, blueberry and vanilla, clean, punchy red with ripe tannins and appealing texture (Silver, DWWA 2013).
Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione: 2015 100% Sangiovese.
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC, Castello di Meleto: 2009 90% Trebbiano toscano, 10% Malvasia Bianca Lunga Toscana & Sangiovese. | 2011 50% Malvasia Bianca Lunga Toscana, 50% Trebbiano.
Castello di Meleto
Loc. Meleto, I-53013 Gaiole in Chianti (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577.749217 | www.castellomeleto.it