Habanos & Chianti Wine: An Exclusive Pairing


24/02/2015

Across from Italy’s Toscana, in the middle of the sea, a craggy islet with a cloud-shrouded peak suddenly juts out. Nobody can imagine a better backdrop for legends and fables than the island of Montecristo, the same island that inspired Alejandro Dumas to write his celebrated novel that centuries later awed Cuban cigar rollers so much that they decided to put that name on one of the world’s best-known habano brands.

Not far from there, the evergreen and quasi-mountainous inland Toscana –during the year’s clear days people can make out the edges of the Montecristo islet- is home to Chianti DOCG (Spanish acronym for Controlled Denomination of Origin) and to one of the finest Italian wines.

That’s why the encounter of two genuine children hailing from such peculiar turfs, hemmed in by so many fantasies and legends, heirs to centuries-old traditions, is not as random as it might appear to be, because Montecristo habanos and Chianti wines were probably destined to meet one of these days.

This time around, several habanos will try to find the right combination among a number of Chianti wines: the Montecristo Eagles Open (ring gauge 54 x 150 mm long), marked by slightly strong tastes and intense scents; and Hoyo De Monterrey’s Le Hoyo San Juan (ring gauge 54 x 150 mm long), a scented, mild-tasting habano.

Both habanos will seek to get paired with such emblematic Chianti wines as Chianti Rufina (D.O.C.G.) Riserva “Lastricato”, 2010 – Castello Del Trebbio; Colli Fiorentini D.O.C.G. “Il Castelvecchio”, 2011 – Fattoria Castelvecchio; Chianti Superiore (D.O.C.G.) “Cerretello” 2011; and Chianti D.O.C.G. Riserva “Vigna 54”, 2012 – Azienda Agricola Pugliano.