MARGOT - file sheet
Producer: Azienda Agricola Pian della Chiesa by Ottavio Muzi Falconi and Margot Jacini.
We were living a hectic life in London until 2005. Then we decided to change our life and opted for a more natural way of living. We have progressively bought, in the middle of the Natural Park of Montemarcello, 8 hectares with rural houses spread all around. This land was previously cultivated with vineyards and orchard trees but were left abandoned after the second world war.
It has been hard work! Constantly balancing the need to return the houses and the land to their original shape and usage and the natural passage of time. In this way, two beautiful vineyards have grown both surrounded with more than 200 olive trees and majestic oak trees. Last but not least 6 rural houses have been renovated and 4 are rented out as ‘Agriturismo’ or short lets.
Terroir: The larger vineyard (2000 vines planted in 2010) is situated in a sunny karst valley ventilated by the nearby sea. The smaller vineyard (600 Cabernet Franc vines planted in 2015) is in the most sunny spot of the estate in majestic stone-wall terraces. Both are south facing and respecting the uncontaminated natural feeling of the area. The vines rows welcomes the sea breeze and unites it with the scent of the forest, thus creating the unique microclimate that distinguishes our wines.
Provenance: Natural Park of Montemarcello, Lerici - La Spezia. Our vineyards are covering 7000 square meters at 350 meters above sea level and only 900 meters from the small port of Tellaro. In 2015 we completed the construction of a small, beautiful and efficient underground winery. Our grapes are taken to the winery where we integrally carry all the process of wine making and bottling.
Appelation: Indicazione Geografica Tipica - Liguria di Levante, Rosso.
Grape blend: 60% Syrah but also Merlot and Massaretta (autochthonous vine from the Apuan Alps). We harvest our grapes as separated as possible according to when the grapes are ripening. In 2016 we have started the process that will lead us to the biological certification (harvest 2020).
Wine training: Guyot system.
First vintage: 2014.
Oenologist: Davide Baccigalupi, probably the most well known oenologist of Ligurian wines.
Production: We are targeting approx. 2500 bottles per year of which 1000 bottles are aged in oak barrel.
Margot 2016 - 1729 bottles (all sold)
Margot 2017 - 787 bottles (all sold)
Margot Terrazze 2017 - 1000 bottles have been bottled last February after ageing for 15 months in new French oak barrel (750 Lt) and 12 months in bottle (ready in 2020).
Margot 2018 - 1920 bottles
Margot Terrazze 2018 - 750 Lt still in the barrel (ready in 2021).
Wine making: The initial period of skin contact begins at low temperatures to assist the extraction of the aromatic components of the grapes, then at higher temperatures, around 28 degrees, to extract tannins and color. The wine remains on its skins for some 14 days until the end of the alcoholic fermentation. It is then followed by the malolactic fermentation. These two fermentations take place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats (only using natural yeasts). No added sulphites (except Margot Terrazze). A final 6 month period of bottle ageing proceeds the exit from the winery.
Alcohol: approx. 13% vol.
Luca Maroni ‘I Migliori Vini Italiani': Margot 16: 90/99 points, Margot 17: 92/99 points.
Tannico: Margot 16: 88/100 points, Margot 17: 90/100 points.
Testing Notes: Tannico sommelier Simone Virgara’s comments on
'Ruby red rich in color, with important purple reflections to the eye. Deep fruity nose, full of plums, blackberries and cherries, followed by sharp spicy memories of black pepper. The palate runs along the same road of smell, proving well worked in tannins, good persistence and pleasant aftertaste’.
‘Intense ruby tending to purple, for the nose the spicy texture is dense with notes of earth and leather. The fruit is intense, full-bodied ripe. The oxygenation gives hints of flowers, chamomile. The spices that emerge tend to the powder of coffee. The taste is tannic, enveloping, good structure, good persistence. Warm. As the wine ages overtime, it self refines to its current elegance whilst retaining its full expression'.
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