Messana moved back from New York to take over his family farm, Montesecondo, in the village of Cerbaia in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Pretty quickly thereafter he began to run afoul of the Chianti Classico powers that be. While Silvio's methods in the vineyard and cellar yield what many would and do consider pure, classically expressive wines, the way he gets there and occasionally the actual results (higher acidity, lighter color or darker color, etc.) led to enough issues over time that he bottles only one Classico and the rest of his wines as IGT Toscana. The property is split into two with the lower vineyard producing fleshier more fruit driven wines all grown organically. The second higher part of the property is biodynamically farmed and tends to produce more high toned mineral driven fruit.
What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...
90% Sangiovese/10% Colorino/Canaiolo . The true one-off "Loupé" 2020 bottling is the result of an administrative error at the winery: it comes from a single tank destined to be Chianti Classico but overlooked during the DOCG certification process, hence "loupé" or "missed/skipped" in French. As for all Montesecondo wines, the fruit was biodynamically farmed; harvested by hand; mostly destemmed; and fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts and without sulfur in concrete tank. The maceration was the Chianti's length of around12 days but its aging was in tank only, the usual treatment for Montesecondo's IGT Sangiovese (no foudre since it had missed the Chianti cut-off by that time). Also as is Montesecondo's usual way, Loupé was bottled with a small amount of sulfur and without fining or filtering.
Canaiolo , Colorino , Sangiovese
Juicy , Minerally