Located north of the village of Greve in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, the Nozzole estate covers a striking, rugged, mountainous area of about 1,000 acres, a third of which is vines and olive groves. The finest Chardonnay grapes are selected from the Nozzole estate’s 222 acres of vineyards at 984 feet in elevation. In order to obtain concentration and complexity, yields are kept low. The vines for Le Bruniche grow on one of the estate’s highest hillsides, where excellent sun exposure and limestone and marl soils help to maintain an optimal ground temperature. Le Bruniche grapes are gently pressed and the juice is cold settled. The must is fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature and stays on the lees for about three months. Malolactic fermentation is in stainless steel tanks and the wine is aged at least two months in bottle before release, with no oak contact.

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2022 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2022 vintage was characterized by a prolonged dry period from June until the end of September. However, the particularly rainy winter helped to significantly increase the water reserves of the deep soils that distinguish the area, providing the vines with the right support throughout the production phase. Spring, basically cool, favored a slight delay in budding and subsequent flowering. Summer temperatures have never been excessive, allowing for a slow and regular ripening of the grapes in each vineyard with excellent levels of integrity and health.
Tasting Note
Classic scents of apple, white peach and Mirabelle plums well blend with the hints of citrus and medicinal herbs. It is rich, full and well balanced on the palate, with excellent persistence resulting in a dry, crisp finish.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with fish, shellfish and chicken
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Toscana Chardonnay IGT
PH: 3.3
ACIDITY: 5.5 g/l
ABV: 12.5%
AGING: 6 months in stainless steel tanks and 3 months in bottle
Unique Selling Points
  • An unoaked Chardonnay showing bright, clean varietal character
  • Showcasing some of the finest terroir in Tuscany—at a great value

About the Grape

Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
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