La Prima is our Gran Selezione (top level type of Chianti Classico), made with Sangiovese grapes from the vineyard called “La Prima” and a small part of Merlot. Vine density of 5,000 plants per hectare. Heavy soil with 30% clay at an altitude of 250 m above sea level. Single Guyot pruning. It has a long maturation phase of 26 months in French barriques, to gain complexity and elegance. A mix of first fill and second fill is used. The wine rests 8 months in bottle before leaving the cellar. Garnet red colour with concentrated and enchanting aromas: jelly berries, chocolate, coffee, cardamom, graphite and myrtle. Very powerful, with ripe, dense tannins. It is savoury and has a very long finish with herbs and fruits.
Food Pairing: Roasted meat and aged cheese. Go for roast lamb with rosemary and garlic, or veal, especially with mushrooms. Pair with game, especially pheasant and wild boar. Heaven with T-bone or ribeye.
About this winery:
Castello Vicchiomaggio is an internationally renowned Chianti producer in the Greve region in Florence, run by the Matta family. The most prominent vine is Sangiovese with Canaiolo, Colorino and the international varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
John Matta was a.o. elected IWSC Italian Winemaker of the Year several times and his wines won several top marks by Wine Spectator, Decanter, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and James Suckling.