San Giusto a Rentennano is one of the leading producers in the Chianti Classico region. Its 100% Merlot Super Tuscan La Ricolma and 100% Sangiovese cuvée, Percarlo, are two of the most consistent and collected fine wines in Tuscany.
Originally a medieval monastery, the estate is situated in the southernmost part of Chianti Classico and comprises 160 hectares – with 31 dedicated to vineyards, 11 to olives and the remaining made up of forest and agricultural land. The Martini di Cigala family took over the property in 1914 and it has remained in the family ever since. Since 1992, it’s been in the hands of the family’s third generation, Anna, Lucia, Elisabetta, Francesco, Alessandro and Luca.
The success of the wines is due to a combination of factors: low yields, meticulous care in the selection of berries, the vineyard’s high diurnal temperature shift, as well as a no-expense-spared approach to the wine’s élevage – with both Percarlo and La Ricolma aged in the finest French barriques.
The first bottling of their Chianti Classico Riserva was the 1975 vintage, later named Le Baròncole (from the 2000 vintage onwards). The first vintage of Percarlo was 1983 and the first La Ricolma was made in 1993. The estate also makes a Chianti Classico, a Rosato and a Vin Santo, as well as their own olive oil.