Bastioni Dei Collazzi Chianti Classico – 2018



Villa Collazzi is one of the most impressive estates in all of Tuscany. This architectural landmark was originally designed by Michelangelo in 1560 for his friend, Agostino Dini. It offers commanding views of the surrounding countryside. I Collazzi is a property of the Marchi brothers, Carlo and Bona. During the last decade the Marchi brothers invested heavily in the development of Collazzi’s farming business, renewing the vineyards and restructuring the cellar, with the goal of producing excellent wines. Collazzi produces grapes from this esteemed estate only; a super-Tuscan blend called Collazzi, Chianti Classico named Bastioni, and a select few additional bottlings.

Grapes / Soils

Sangiovese (80%), Merlot (18%),  Malvasia Nera (2%) 25 years average Clayey and calcareous, partly sandy, very rich in minerals 18 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Located in commune of San Casciano Val di Pesa
  • Soils: clay and limestone, partly sandy, rich in minerals
  • Vine age: average 25 years
  • Altitude: 984 feet
  • Exposure: South-West
  • Training system: Vertical trellising with Guyot pruning
  • Climate: Continental with cold winters and hot summers. The hot and dry summer enhances maturation of Sangiovese.
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into baskets
  • Manual soring in cellar
  • Malolactic fermentation partly in oak barriques and stainless steel tanks at 81°F
  • Aged 18 months
Winemaker's Notes

Bastioni marries the elegance and pleasantness of Sangiovese, with the roundness and complexity of small parts of Merlot and Malvasia Nera: succulent wine, it has ripe tannins that give it complexity and character.

Bright ruby color with garnet reflections. Notes of black cherry compote in which blend a small red berries and spices. In the mouth the wine is savory, complex with a tannic structure, soft and captivating. From the long end it marries beautifully with the pleasures of the table.

Wine Summary

80% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot, 2% Malvasia Nera; alcohol: 13%; vineyard in Commune San Casciano Val di Pesa; soils clay and limestone, part sand; vines average age 25 years; hand harvested into baskets; manual sorting in cellar; malolactic fermentation in part oak barriques, part stainless steel tanks; aged in barriques 18 months.

Technical Information
  • 80% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot, 2% Malvasia Nera
  • Alcohol: 13%


92 Points

Lots of red fruit with a lifted, aromatic character. It’s medium-bodied with plenty of fruit and mineral and floral undertones. Crisp finish. Drink now., July, 2020

90 Points

The 2018 Chianti Classico Bastioni dei Collazzi is plump, juicy and wonderfully inviting. Sweet perfumed floral accents add tons of appeal. Drink this juicy, delicious Chianti Classico over the next handful of years.  2020 – 2028

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, September, 2020

93 Points

Made from roughly twenty year old vines, this blend of 78% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot and 2% Malvasia Nera, has done nothing but improve by leaps and bounds over the years (as have in fact all of Collazzi’s wines). The estate’s wines are much more graceful and lifted today than they once used to be, but in fairness Collazzi’s Chianti Classico I Bastioni has been a standout ever since its first release. Not only, but of Tuscany’s seemingly never-ending (because it’s so long) lineup of beautiful wine estates, the Collazzi estate is in fact one of the most beautiful, designed in 1560 by none other than Michelangelo himself for Agostino Dini, a good friend. I still remember vividly when, roughly fifteen years ago in the company of Lamberto Frescobaldi while visiting and tasting from the cellar, I first leaned from the magnificent garden grounds balcony offering truly spectacular, commanding view of the surrounding countryside (though I Collazzi is a property of the Marchi brothers, Carlo and Bona, who have invested heavily in the developing and improving Collazzi, the estate has been managed for some time by Frescobaldi, a family relative).

The Collazzi 2018 Chianti Classico I Bastioni is red-ruby and bright in colour. Very inviting aromas will remind you of red and dark berries, sweet spices, flint, even a touch of black cherry marmelade, all lifted by a fragrant violet top-note. Then fine-grained and refined, with harmonious acidity nicely extending the ripe but lively flavours on the long, juicy finish. Last but certainly not least, a hint of savoriness speaks of the mostly clay-stony soil with limestone inclusions, while the gentle texture reminds one of the San Casciano Val di Pesa territory. Well done. Drinking window: now-2028.

Terroir Sense - Ian D'Agata, October, 2021

General Info

Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation(s) Chianti Classico
Proprietors Carlo and Bona Marchi (brothers)
Founded 1935
Winemaker Alberto Torelli
Annual Production 12,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable