Castello d'Albola Wines
For several years Ives Glories, dean of the faculty of oenology at the University of Bordeaux, was the Castle of Selvole’s oenologist. Glories was also responsible for planting another 8 hectares with French vine cuttings, for important technical improvements in the cellars and for his shrewd introduction of the use of barriques. When Glories died, he left a great personal void and technical knowledge behind him. However another improvement in quality followed in his footsteps with Gianni Menotti, awarded winemaker of Italy for two years running. His method is as follows: a clear separation of the various varieties of grape and a fermentation adapted to suit the vintages achieves sharp, clean wines that are pleasant to drink, but also intense and typical.
He keeps on repeating that the Selvole wines must contain the Chianti Classico sunshine and the mineral qualities of its terroir. A simplicity and intensity that are characteristic of the products of Selvole and a tribute to its territory. The farm, which produces wines only from its own grapes, has two lines, one of Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico vintage, Reserve, Gran Selezione), and the line of single-variety vines (Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Merlot). The Barullo, the farm’s super Tuscan, tops the pyramid and is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the Bordeaux style, with 10% of Sangiovese to give it an extra touch of acidity.