Like so many Tuscan Family stories, the Gondi family counts the end of the mezzadria, the sharecropping system that governed the Tuscan landscape, as one of their pivotal moments. However, unlike most stories, the Gondi family story began centuries earlier with ties to both Charlemagne as well as Catherine de’Medici. While we don’t have space for all the details of this long story here, suffice it to say that the glorious Villa Bossi and it’s ideally sited 215-hectare estate bear witness to that entitled lineage.
Here in the lower hills of the Chianti Rufina region you’ll sing the sweeping soft hillside vineyards of Marchesi Gondi. With an ideal combination of elevation, roughly 300 meters above sea level, full southern exposures, and soils rich in limestone and galestro, its no wonder that the Chianti Rufina has long been home to some of the most elegant, yet structured and long lived wines of Chianti.
Currently led by Gerardo Gondi, this is an estate on the move. In just a few short years the wines have moved from strength to strength, losing their admittedly appealing hints of rusticity, while gaining a level of polish and detail that lends the wines true finesse. This all seems very modern but the truth of the matter is that Tenuta Bossi has been leading the way for well over 200 years, when, under the auspices of Gerardo’s Great-great-great-great grandmother! The estate was modernized! We’re talking groundbreaking transitions for the time that included the introduction of concrete for fermentations, the elimination of white grapes from the blend, the use of the better stacking and easier to transport Bordeaux bottle instead of fiaschi, and the introduction of paid farmhands and cellar masters. You can taste this history in the bottle, though we have no doubt that what is being bottled today is the best it's ever been.
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