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Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello is an Italian-French collaboration between the iconic Tuscan winery Castellare di Castellina and the famous Domaines Barons de Rothschild [Lafite], established with the aim of bringing together Castellare's experience of the cultivation and vinification of Sangiovese, Tuscany's emblematic grape variety, with Lafite's long standing cognisance of the classic French grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. They are located in Gavorrano in central Maremma, between Bolgheri and Scansano on the Tuscan coast, where the geology has the same characteristics as Chianti and Montalcino, but the temperatures can be up to 6° higher than these inland regions, and this enables the grapes to ripen three to four weeks earlier. It took two years to unite the five small farms which make up the project and total 500 hectares. Currently this ongoing venture has 90 hectares under vine, planted with 50% Italian grape varieties, and 50% French. Rocca di Frassinello's first vintage was in 2004, and all the wines are blends except one: Baffonero is 100% Merlot. The gravity-led winery was designed by the Genoese architect Renzo Piano, who is considered to be one of the most influential architects of the 20th and 21st centuries, known for his iconic projects that blend architecture and engineering (he designed the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris and London's Shard). This state-of-the-art building is a masterpiece, the core of which is the breathtaking barrel room, where hundreds of wines age in silence in an underground amphitheatre. This is a unique project, and these are unique wines!