77% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc - a classic â€śright bankâ€ť blend, since Chateau La Goutere is located close to St.-Emilion. 2010 is a worthy successor to the previous vintage in Bordeaux, considered the best vintage in decades. This wine is already showing extremely pure, generous aromas and velvety, exuberant fruit on the palate. Chateau La Goutere will improve with 2-3 years in a proper cellar, but it's so good now that we doubt that many will avoid drinking it all up.
|Established in 2000 by oenologist Alessandro Cellai, Monastero was created with the sole aim of making two great wines: Pinot Nero and Campanaio. Pinot Nero, although not easily adapted to conditions in Italy, is considered to be one of the best grape varieties in the world, capable of producing wines of extraordinary elegance and harmony. Konrad Winzer, a contemporary sculptor and friend of the estate, lent his artistic talents to creating the unique labels for these wines.
The Podere Monastero estate is situated in Chianti’s Castellina, in the heart of Tuscany, about 1650 feet above sea level. The vineyards occupy an area of 7.5 acres, half of which are used for the cultivation of Pinot Nero, while the remaining acres are split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The choice of land and, to an even greater extent, the choice of the clones and rootstocks, was critical to the winery. The latter required extensive research, carried out by the most prestigious nurseries in France.