Castello di Bossi

Castello di Bossi is located in the southern half of the Chianti Classico production zone, in the Commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga. The area’s wines tend to be fuller and more highly structured than those of the rest of the Chianti Classico zone, closely resembling those of Montalcino area.

The Castello di Bossi estate extends over 650 hectares, 124 of which are under vine. Castello di Bossi’s three principal varietals are Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Castello di Bossi first planted Cabernet and Merlot about 40 years ago, and was therefore among the first in the Chianti Classico zone to plant them. The predominant terrains are tuffs, yellow clays, calcareous sands, and broken stones.

The average elevation of the vineyards is about 350 metres above sea level, while their exposure varies from ­­southeast to west. The Bossi Castle is located at the center of the estate. The first tower, built in about 1099, shows the areas’s early strategic importance. In about 1450 the early keep was expanded into the 4-walled fortress visitors can see today.

The History

The Castello di Bossi is located in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the road that leaves the old Chiantigiana road, at Pianella, and ascends to Brolio amidst evergreen forests and long rows of vines. With its centuries-old trees, its fossil beds, and richly varied native vegetation, this unique spot has always aroused curiosity, even in remote times, and experts have studied its characteristics. The name Bossi would seem to derive from the money chest which the Roman army would carry to its encampments to pay the soldiers; the word probably refers to the boxwood, a rare and prized wood at that time, from which the chest was built. Inscriptions dating from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, discovered in an ancient wall of the canonry in San Marcellino, indicate that this area was the site of a Roman settlement. The first reliable evidence of families dwelling in the Bossi area dates to the 9th century, when a noble family, the dei Berardenghi, settled there. Winigi and his wife Richilda enjoyed a lengthy rule over the territories they owned; they then decided to withdraw into private life and donated to religious institutions their fiefs and properties. They kept, however, the properties which today surround the castle. Bossi was a specific locale and was mentioned as such in a 1099 donation deed by Azzo di Rustico to the monastery of Fontebona. Bossi’s church, dedicated to Sant’Andrea, was built later, possibly around 1200, to afford improved spiritual care to the inhabitants of the growing village. Contemporary documents reveal that vineyards already existed at that time, since a portion of rents and leases was paid in kind, wine being cited among the listed products. In the war between Florenceand Siena, Bossi was a bordering area; only after the battle of Montaperti did economic activities recover their normal level. This was made possible by construction of new roads and facilities or improving the safety of existing ones, all aimed at re-establishing commercial links. Existing castles were renovated, but Bossi’s tower was not affected. When Castelnuovo Berardenga was founded, in 1346, Bossi was included in its jurisdiction;in 1383 Bossi was summoned to its defence against mercenaries in the pay of Florence. In the same period, the territory was acquired by the Pacidi family, who were originally from Radi but now lived in Siena. The demolition of the old tower and the construction of the palazzo of Bossi can be dated between the late 14th and early 15th centuries. But the castle was damaged even in the late 15th century by the Florentines, who failed to capture Berardenga but proceeded to destroy numerous outlying districts. The accession of the Medicis brought a halt to the inter-city warfare and gave local populations the chance to begin normal civic life again. This juncture proved favourable for renewed winemaking activities. The castle property gained two new owners, the Ugurgeri and Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala ofSiena, both connected to the Placidi family. Under the rule of Leopold II, Granduke of Tuscany, the entire region enjoyed a period of prosperity. His policies made it a politically liberal state, and commercial, cultural, and civic life flourished.Giovanni Battista Vivarelli, heir to Isabella, the last of the Ugurgeri, transferred the Castel estate to the Sienese jurist Giuseppe Giuggioli, whose family retained the property up until World War II, when it was purchased by the Piccolomini family of Siena. The abolition of the mezzadria, or sharecropping, system, led to a population shift away from the country and to a consequent crisis in the agricultural sector. Bossi, too, underwent a slow decline until it was acquired by the present owners, the Bacci family. These forward-looking proprietors introduced modern production methods and better management practices, leading to a rebirth for the Castello.

The Cellar

The Castello di Bossi winery is the perfect union between innovation and tradition.

It consists of six large separate work-areas, each with separate temperature controls, with an overall area of 3,500 sq.m. Despite its size and its up-to-date facilities, it is below ground on two sides and almost invisible. The fermentation area has new temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

A timing programme automatically controls pump-overs; the must breaks up the cap of skins by gravity flow, aided by a system of plates and chains inside the tank.

Following the alcoholic fermentation, wine that will be bottled as standard Chianti Classico undergoes malolactic fermentation in steel. The Berardo, Corbaia, and Girolamo riserve, on the other hand, after finishing their 20-22-day post-fermentation maceration on the skins, go unfiltered directly to barrel.

There, the malic acid will be converted and they will mature for a lengthy period in the barrel cellar that holds over 1,000 light-toast French oak barrels from the Allier forest. The maturation period varies according to the wine.

Standard Chianti Classico rests there for 10-12 months, the Berardo for 15 months, while Corbaia and Girolamo enjoy a lengthier stay of almost two years.

After this lengthy maturation, the wines are bottle-aged for varying periods from 12 months to 2 years at temperatures between 13-18 o C. Correct temperatures are crucial for us, in that the wines do not undergo filtration.

Public tastings are available inside the Castle as part of guided visits, by reservations made beforehand.

Retails sales of wines and extravirgin olive oil are offered daily except Sunday.

Rosato Castello di Bossi

Annata

2015

Temperatura fermentazione

11°C

Periodo di vendemmia

Settembre

Macerazione

3 hours

Ph

3.10

Acidità

6,50

Gradazione alcolica

13,50

Vinous Galloni
title
Castello di bossi Rosato 2015
evaluation
90/100
 

Chianti Classico

Denomination

Chianti Classico DOCG

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Pruning and training systems

rod and spur (cordon)

Planting density

5800 vines per Hectare

Soil composition

yellow clay, tuff, gravel and broken rocks

Vineyards' exposure

South-west

Altitude

350 metres above sea level

Average age of the vines

18 years

Harvest

manual

Harvest season

October

Fermentation temperature

28-30° C

Maceration

14 days

Ageing

06 months in cask

Alcohol level

14 %

Dry extract

31 g/l

Acidity

5,50 g/l

Bottles produced

60.000

James Suckling
title
Chianti Classico Castello di Bossi 2014
evaluation
90/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2013
evaluation
90/100
 
title
Chianti Classico Castello di Bossi 2012
evaluation
91/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico DOCG 2009
evaluation
92/100
 
Wine Advocate
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico DOCG 2010
evaluation
91/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico DOCG 2009
evaluation
90/100
 
Wine & Spirits
title
Chianti Classico 2009
evaluation
90/100
review
BEST BUY
 
Vinous Galloni
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico DOCG 2010
evaluation
91/100
 
Meiningers Weinsuche
title
Chianti Classico DOCG 2009
evaluation
Gold
 
I Vini di Veronelli
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico DOCG 2010
evaluation
90/100
 
Wine Spectator
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico DOCG 2010
evaluation
91/100
 

Girolamo

Denomination

IGT Toscana

Grape variety

100% Merlot

Training system

spurred cordon

Planting density

3.000 vines per Ha

Soil composition

gray clay, yellow clay, broken rocks

Vineyards' exposure

S/SW

Altitude

300 m a.s.l.

Average age of the vines

35 years

Harvest

manual

Harvest season

September

Fermentation temperatures

29 - 31° C

Maceration

28 days

Ageing

24 months in Barriques

Bottle ageing

12 months

Alcohol level

14,5 %

Total acidity

6.50

James Suckling
title
Girolamo 2012
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo 2011
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2010
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2009
evaluation
94/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2008
evaluation
90/100
 
Wine Advocate
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo 2011
evaluation
94/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo 2010
evaluation
90/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi - Girolamo IGT 2009
evaluation
94/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2008
evaluation
93+/100
 
Concorso Nazionale Merlot d'Italia
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2001
evaluation
Miglior Merlot d'Italia
review
Miglior Merlot al 2° Concorso Nazionale “Merlot d’Italia”
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2003
evaluation
Miglior Merlot d'Italia
review
Miglior Merlot al 4° Concorso Nazionale “Merlot d’Italia”
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2009
evaluation
Miglior Merlot d'Italia
review
Miglior Merlot al 9° Concorso Nazionale “Merlot d’Italia”
 
Falstaff
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2009
evaluation
93/100
 
Vinous Galloni
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2009
evaluation
94/100
 
Meiningers Weinsuche
title
Girolamo 2009
evaluation
Gold
 
I Vini di Veronelli
title
Castello di Bossi - Girolamo IGT 2009
evaluation
92/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2010
evaluation
★★★ super 93/100
 
Wine Enthusiast
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo IGT 2009
evaluation
94/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Girolamo 2007 IGT
evaluation
92/100
 

Berardo

Denomination

Chianti classico Riserva DOCG

Grape variety

100% Sangiovese

Training system

spurred cordon

Planting density

5.000 vines per Ha.

Soil composition

Yellow clay, tuff, gravel and broken rocks

Vineyards' exposure

South-West

Altitude

350 m a.s.l.

Average age of the vines

27 years

Harvest

manual

Harvest season

September - October

Fermentation temperature

29 - 31 ° C

Maceration

20 days

Ageing

24 months in barrique

Bottle ageing

12 months

Alcohol level

14%

Total acidity

6.90

James Suckling
title
Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2013
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Chainti Classico Riserva Berardo 2012
evaluation
92/100
 
title
Berardo Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
evaluation
90/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo DOCG 2010
evaluation
94/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo DOCG 2009
evaluation
91/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo DOCG 2008
evaluation
92/100
 
Wine Advocate
title
Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2011
evaluation
92/100
 
title
Chainti Classico Riserva Berardo 2010
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2009
evaluation
94/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2008
evaluation
92+/100
 
Falstaff
title
Castello di Bossi Berardo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2008
evaluation
92/100
 
Vinous Galloni
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2011
evaluation
91/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Berardo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2009
evaluation
92/100
 
Meiningers Weinsuche
title
Berardo Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
evaluation
Gold
 
title
Berardo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2007
evaluation
Gold
 
title
Berardo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2008
evaluation
Super Gold
review
Best Italian Red Wine and Best Chianti - Award 2013
 
I Vini di Veronelli
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo DOCG 2009
evaluation
91/100
 
Wine Enthusiast
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo DOCG 2009
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo DOCG 2007
evaluation
93/100
 
Wine Spectator
title
Chianti Classico Ris. Berardo 2011
evaluation
90/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo DOCG 2009
evaluation
90/100
 

Corbaia

Denomination

IGT Toscana

Grape variety

70% Sangiovese - 30% Cabernet

Training system

spurred cordon

Planting density

3.000 vines per Ha

Soil composition

tuff, yellow clay, gray clay

Vineyards' exposure

SW

Altitude

350 m a.s.l.

Average age of the vines

35 years

Harvest

manual

Harvest season

September / October

Fermentation temperature

29 - 31° C

Maceration

28 days

Ageing

24 months in Barrique

Bottle ageing

12 months

Alcohol level

14%

Total acidity

7.0

James Suckling
title
Corbaia 2013
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Corbaia 2012
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi - Corbaia IGT 2009
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2010
evaluation
90/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2008
evaluation
91/100
 
Wine Advocate
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2011
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2010
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2009
evaluation
95/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2008
evaluation
96/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2007
evaluation
95/100
 
Vinous Galloni
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2011
evaluation
93+/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2009
evaluation
94/100
 
Decanter World Wine Awards
title
Corbaia 2011
evaluation
Silver
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2008
evaluation
Golden Medal
 
I Vini di Veronelli
title
Castello di Bossi -Corbaia IGT 2010
evaluation
92/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi - Corbaia IGT 2009
evaluation
92/100
 
Wine Enthusiast
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2009
evaluation
92/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2007
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2008
evaluation
96/100
 
Wine Spectator
title
Castello di Bossi Corbaia IGT 2007
evaluation
90/100
 

Vin San Laurentino

Il nome di questo vino, San Laurentino, deriva dal nome della Chiesa più importante della Frazione di Bossi.

Denomination

Vin Santo IGT Toscana

Grape variety

Sangiovese, Malvasia, Trebbiano

Training system

Spurred cordon

Planting density

3.000 vines per Ha.

Altitude

350 m. a.s.l.

Soil composition

gray clay, yellow clay, tuff.

Vineyards' exposure

West

Bottle format

375 ml.

Average age of the vines

30 years

Harvest

manual

Harvest season

August

Fermentation and ageing

96 mesi in little oak casks

Drying

5 months

Pressing season

January - February

Bottles produced

2500

Wine Advocate
title
Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino Vin Santo IGT 2004
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Vin San Laurentino IGT 2003
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Vin San Laurentino IGT 2002
evaluation
95/100
 
Vinous Galloni
title
Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino Vin Santo IGT 2003
evaluation
93/100
 
I Vini di Veronelli
title
Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino Vin Santo IGT 2003
evaluation
93+/100 ★★★ super
 
title
Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino Vin Santo IGT 2004
evaluation
93+/100 ★★★ super
 
Wine Enthusiast
title
Vin San Laurentino 2002
evaluation
92/100
 
title
Vin San Laurentino IGT Toscana 2001
evaluation
92/100
 
title
Vin San Laurentino Toscana IGT 2003
evaluation
93/100
 
Wine Spectator
title
Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino Vin Santo IGT 2001
evaluation
95/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino Vin Santo IGT 2003
evaluation
93/100
 
title
Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino Vin Santo IGT 2001
evaluation
95/100
 

Olio Extravergine di Oliva

Accomodations

Casale Bellavista

Bellavista is a beautiful tuscan house, divided into 8 apartments, located in the domaine of Castello di Bossi, in the sienese hills of Chianti Classico, just 18 km from Siena. Beautiful view and pool.

Casa Tolomei

Casa Tolomei is a lovely renovated stone farmhouse located in a small valley in the Chianti hills only 8 km from Castelnuovo Berardenga and 18 km from Siena. Nestled in a striking natural setting of vineyards, olive-trees and woods.Casa Tolomei stands out for its elegant architecture.It is divided into six apartments furnished simply and functionally.

Bossi di sopra

Bossi di Sopra is a beautiful mansion located in the complex of Castello di Bossi, wine farm, and divided into 5 apartments. Pool.
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