To produce the Toscana IGT Rosso “Zac” Tenuta Villa Le Corti, Principe Corsini the vinification takes place in steel tanks at a temperature of 28 ° C for a period of 16 days. The wine is aged for 18 months in mainly used barriques and 12 months in the bottle.
The Toscana IGT Rosso “Zac” Tenuta Villa Le Corti, Principe Corsini is a pure Sangiovese from the Gugliaie vineyard (2.5 hectares). It’s dedicated to Anna Corsini , sister of Prince Tommaso Corsini. It represents the new challenge of the company (first vintage produced in 2008). The first vintage produced was 2008 (1,800 bottles) with the denomination of IGT Toscana Sangiovese. In 2016 Zac obtained the recognition for the passage to the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione family.
The family behind Villa Le Corti, the Corsini Family, have amazing history with wine making roots that date back to the 14th century making it one of the oldest Estates in Tuscany. Current custodian of the Corsini legacy, Duccio Corsini, is 32nd generation. Duccio took over the Estate in 1992 and one of his early achievements was to implement the use of isolated indigenous yeast within the winemaking process to help the wines speak of the Estate and its terroir. As the years progressed, all activities from farming to wine making and ageing are firmly oriented to the preserving the integrity of the fruit through their wines. Villa Le Corti is located in the most northern section in the village of San Casciano, a 10 minute drive south of Florence. The estate comprises of over 600 acres of land, 121 acres of Sangiovese vineyards to produce Chianti Classico and IGT Principe Corsini. Here, both the climate and soil are different than down south and in turn play a different role. Generally, the temperature is slightly milder around this commune, so Duccio also picks marginally earlier than most of the 8 other communes. The soil generally shows more river stones and sand resulting in lighter wines with more elegance and finesse, rather than fuller bodied wines like in the more southerly communes. The Chianti Classico is generous and open, featuring vibrant, almost crunchy red berry fruit. The “Don Tommaso” (the namesake of Duccio’s grandfather), is the Gran Selezione Chianti Classico; a wine made from a selection of the best Sangiovese grapes from the estate’s Chianti Classico vineyards. The wine is altogether more muscular, as it combine Sangiovese with roughly 15% Merlot and spends fifteen months in tonneaux. It ages gracefully, but can be enjoyed in its youth with style, as it comes across as very deep and complex, yet accessible. In contrast, Cortevecchia, the Chianti Classico Riserva is produced from the oldest Sangiovese grapes on the estate, and ages 24 months in large and small French oak casks. From time to time the estates releases some older, library-wines at very competitive prices that clearly demonstrate the great potential of the local Sangiovese to age gracefully for many years.