If you have been travelling in
Tuscany, you know that the
beautiful landscape and all the tempting vineyards start just outside . Driving south
you are in Chianti DOCG, which is divided into several sub regions. Just before
entering the most famous part, Chianti Classico, you can find the old estate La
Querce in Chianti Colli Fiorentina. Florence
Last week the winemaker from La Querce, Marco Ferretti, visited Odense, where he took part in a winemakers dinner and a tasting at Vinotek A Fynnis. I met Marco Ferretti and tasted three of his wines.
But first a few word about the estate. La Querce dates back to 14th century and the oldest document mentioning wine production is from 1518. The name refers to an old oak three that used to be growing on the estate, which is
42 hectares big of
which about 7 hectares
are vineyards, mostly facing south. In 1962 the estate was bought by Gino
Marchi, who invested money in renovating the place. Today it is owned by his
son Massimo Marchi and managed by Marco Ferretti. Besides wine the estate
produces olive oil and Grappa. The total production of wine is 35.000 bottles a
year of which 75-80 % are exported, mainly to Germany
Marco Ferretti told me, that his aim is to produce wine after the ”Sangiovese philosophy” with a good balance between the fruitiness from the grapes and notes from the oak. The three wines I tried were:
Sorrettole Chianti DOCG: Made of 80 % Sangiovese, 10 % Colorino and 10 % Merlot, matured in stainless steel. The entry level is straightforward Chianti with fruit and cherries in the nose. Fresh fruit on the palate, dry and with soft tannins.
The time in barriques was distinct in the last two wines, but they were not overoaked and the fresh fruit and the typical Sangiovese taste was still present. And that is how it shall be in my opinion.
Besides these three wines La Querce produces a Toscana Rosso IGT based on 100 % Merlot and a sweet Passito called Dama Rosa based on 100 % Canaiolo.
Read more about La Querce here