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The wines of Castello di Bossi, Tuscany

Website: www.castellodibossi.it E-mail: info@castellodibossi.it

Castello di Bossi is a large Tuscan estate of more than 600 hectares (124 of these under vine), currently receiving some rave critical reviews for its wines. Michael Palij of Winetraders (the UK importer) sums them up well in his list: ‘They’re a bit flashy, but hard to resist’. Brothers Marco (who I tasted the wines with) and Maurizio Bacci are in control here at this rather idyllic-looking Tuscan property. For those seeking some Tuscan idyll, there are sixteen apartments for hire on the estate. (Retail prices in brackets.)

Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2000
Rich, savoury herby fruit on the nose. Good concentration of savoury fruit on the palate with firm spicy tannins and good acidity. Good concentration and reasonably complex, with potential for further development. Very good/excellent (£12)

Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Berardo’ 1999
From a single vineyard (starting with this vintage); a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Herby, spicy nose is rich and tarry, showing fairly serious, opulent fruit. Concentrated chewy, savoury palate with rich fruit and quite a bit of oak. Lovely if a little oaky. Very good/excellent (£18.50)

Castello di Bossi ‘Corbaia’ 1999 IGT Toscana
The first of this estate’s two supertuscan wines, this is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, with malolactic fermentation in barrel. Rich fruit on the ripe, concentrated nose with a tarry edge. The expressive palate is concentrated and savoury. It’s tarry with firm tannins and high acidity. Quite challenging at the moment. Very good+ (£28.50)

Castello di Bossi ‘Girolamo’ 1999 IGT Toscana
100% Merlot with malo in barrel. Deep coloured. Opulent, rich herby/spicy fruit on the nose. Good concentration on the palate which displays quite a lovely balance of concentrated spicy-tinged ripe fruit with smooth tannins and good acidity. A big wine, but in balance: nicely savoury and spicy. Very good/excellent (£27.40)

UK availability: contact importers Winetraders (UK), tel 01865 251851

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