In a land as ancient as Tuscany family lineage runs deep. This likely won’t and shouldn’t surprise anyone. However, what is slightly unusual is for properties to be owned continuously by one family. Tenuta di Bibbiano is one such estate.
Founded in 1865, the Marrochesi Marzi family has farmed Bibbiano without interruption and today, brothers Federico and Tomasso helm the estate. The family philosophy is simple. As Federico put it succinctly, “we respect the laws of nature.”
For Bibbiano, the organic approach is not a business strategy but rather an unchangeable rule of life. They believe that success can only be guaranteed by harmony with nature. The vineyards have never been treated with chemicals and since the late 1980s the estate has practiced organic farming methods.
Tomasso stated, “Our family has lived on this land for over 150 years and that experience shows that nature does not tolerate violence against it but is willing to generously reward those who treat it with profound respect.”
Bibbiano is located on the western slopes of Castellina in Chianti and overlooks the Val d’Elsa in the direction of Monteriggioni. Surrounded by vast olive groves of more than three thousand trees, the vineyards cover approximatly 30 hectares and rise between 270 and 325 meters above sea level. The plantings on the property are varied. Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Trebbiano and Grechetto are all present on the estate.
Although the vineyard surface is not especially large, the total area of the estate is expansive. The Marzi family also run an Agritourismo with several apartments, a large pool, trattoria and enoteca. It’s a welcoming destination in a lovely area of Chianti Classico.
Today, I’m looking at one of the newest releases from the estate.
The 2016 Tenuta di Bibbiano Vigna del Capannino Gran Selezione is a deep, bright ruby color with violet reflections. One of two single vineyard Gran Selezione produced by the family, Vigna del Capannino is 100% Sangiovese and sourced from a 7 hectare vineyard.
Bright aromas rise from the glass including ripe cherry, crushed berries, fresh flowers and hints of warmed clay. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied, fruity and forward. The cherry flavors are woven with soft chestnut, soft spice and sweet pipe tobacco notes. Very silky, with refreshing acidity but seemingly devoid of tannin. As a result, this is so approachable right now and was generous straight from the bottle. Vinified in cement tanks, the wine is then aged in a combination of cement, Slavonian botte and French tonneaux. There is no trace of wood on the palate of this wine. It’s delicious now, but I’m not sure I’d cellar it for the long term. 93 points. About $32-$34. Find this wine.
Stay tuned for more reviews from Bibbiano.