Il Marzocco is a stone lion which stands tall on its pedestal in front of Palazzo Avignonesi, in the town of Montepulciano. An heraldic symbol of wisdom and strength, this majestic lion lends its name to the Avignonesi Chardonnay since 1987, when the winery, one of the first in the area, started to produce a barrel-aged white wine. Today, the grapes for Il Marzocco are meticulously cultivated in the Pian dell’Oca vineyard, which lies at the foothill of the town of Cortona.

Technical sheet

Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Ageing Il Marzocco was fermented by use of pied de cuve, which was picked one week earlier than the rest of the grapes and helped spur the fermentation of the must. The grapes were picked by hand and immediately pressed. Once the spontaneous alcoholic fermentation started, the must was transferred into barriques and into the concrete egg where the wine remained on the lees for 7 months.
Alcohol 12.5%
Harvest The Chardonnay was picked on August 8th.
Tech sheets
The bouquet reveals intense aromas of pineapple, peach and lemon pie, complemented with delicate hints of almond flowers.
On the palate, Marzocco is fragrant and long-lingering, with a savoury finish.

Accolades

2016 - 92/100 (Suckling)
2014 - 90/100 (WS)
2013 - 91/100 (Veronelli)