In an archetypal “Chiantishire” countryside rises a Renaissance villa that is the home of the Principe Duccio Corsini (the medieval villa has been in the family since at least the 14th century), a cheroot-chewing connoisseur of Chianti and also a gardening expert (he holds a festival devoted to this passion each year). In contrast to the medieval origins of his family home, his world famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini helps him craft very modern wines. They display richness, depth of colour and fruit and noteworthy complexity without being over the top, and that are far removed from the thin, anemic Chiantis of decades past.
The Chianti Classico is generous and open, featuring vibrant, almost crunchy red berry fruit. The “Don Tommaso” (the namesake of Duccio’s grandfather), is the top Chianti bottling made at Le Corti, a wine made from a selection of the best grapes from the estate’s Chianti Classico vineyards. The wine is altogether more muscular, as it combines Sangiovese with roughly 15% Merlot and spends fifteen months in small oak barriques. It ages gracefully, but can be enjoyed in its youth with style, as it comes across as very deep and complex, yet accessible. In contrast, the Chianti Classico Riserva Cortevecchia is produced from the oldest Sangiovese grapes on the estate, and ages 24 months in large and small French oak casks. From time to time the estates releases some older, library-Chiantis at very competitive prices that clearly demonstrate the great potential of the local Sangiovese to age gracefully for many years.
The Villa Le Corti Estate comprises of over 250 hectares of land, 49 hectares of which is vineyards planted with Sangiovese to produce Chianti Classico and IGT Principe Corsini. Principe Corsini has been organically certified as of 2016 and also Vegan certified as of 2014.