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Chianti Classico

A cura di AIS TOSCANA

February 17, 2020

Chianti Classico. The 10 bottles to have in the cellar

Our selection of Great Selection and Reserves

Produced in 70 thousand hectares of land between the cities of Siena and Florence, in an area that embraces 8 municipalities: Greve in Chianti, Barberino Val d'Elsa,Tavarnelle Val di Pesa and San Casciano in Val di Pesa in the province of Florence; Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole, Radda, Castelnuovo Berardenga and part of the municipality of Poggibonsi in the province of Siena, Chianti Classico has a brilliant ruby red colour, tending to garnet and a deeply vinous smell.


Chianti Classico must be aged for at least 11 months (it can only be consumed from October 1st of the year following the harvest) and have a minimum alcohol content of 12°.
The alcohol content rises to 12.5° for the Riserva, which requires a minimum aging of 24 months, of which at least 3 months in bottle. Compared to Chianti Classico, the Riserva is a more noble wine, with a greater finesse, a longer bouquet and a cleaner taste.
Here is our top list of Riserva in the vintages 2013 - 2015 and Gran Selezione 2014 - 2016.

THE BOTTLES OF CHIANTI CLASSICO PROTAGONISTS OF THIS SELECTION BY AIS TOSCANA

Vigneto bellavista
Castello di ama
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

Bright ruby red-colored. Exuberant entry on the nose with pure aromas of marasca cherry, orange, balsamic herbs, floral and spicy hints. Lean tannins which provide a progressive tension of flavors. A long iron-like finish. 

Colonia
Fèlsina
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015

Bright ruby-red colored and garnet-red at the rim. Impressive aromas on the nose which opens with sour black cherry, bay and dried flowers followed by tamarind and meat. Close-knit and powerful tannins on the palate, which unfold along the acidity’s course. Savoriness lengthens the finish with an orange note coming back. 

Vigna del sorbo
Fontodi
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015

Bright garnet red-colored. Aromas of soft fruit compote along with cinnamon, nutmeg and licorice. The palate shows this vintage’s sunny character  with alcoholic and tannic power which blend with the lingering aromas of Mediterranean scrub and bitter orange.  

Castell’in villa 
Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Ruby red-colored verging on garnet-red. Assertive aromas of cloves, topsoil, notes of aromatic herbs, pleasant balsamic and orange rind nuances. Sumptuous on the palate with good acidity, savory and citrusy. Good length and structure. 

La fornace
Conti Capponi
Villa calcinaia
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

Bright garnet red-colored. The nose offers aromas of ripe blackberry and sour black cherry, citrus fruit rind and tobacco. Youthful on the palate with vigorous and mid-palate tannins, backed up by the salty touch, which leads to a long flavor development. An interesting licorice aftertaste. 

A SELECTION NOT TO BE MISSED, FOR THE WINE LOVES

Colle Bereto
Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

Transparent ruby red-colored. Very refined on the nose which opens with a floral note of violet, lavender and citrus fruit. Balsamic touches with hints of pipe tobacco. Generous and appealing on the palate, with tannins well-balanced with the fruit. Long and slightly spicy finish.


Il poggio
Castello di Monsanto
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014

A very transparent appearance, garnet red-colored. Concentrated aromas of damp soil, dried rose, a pinch of pepper and a hint of meat. Grippy on the palate, with a salty kick and silky and powerful tannins. Acidity leads to a savory redcurrant and raspberry finish.

Querciabella
Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Bright ruby red-colored. Floral aromas prevail on the nose with lavender and wisteria, small red and black fruit, delicate notes of cinnamon and herbal tea. A lovely acidity on the palate with tannins in the foreground. Good length and warm finish. A wine of character with ageing potential.

Il puro - Vigneto Casanova
Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015

Intense ruby red-colored and garnet-red at the rim. Evolving on the nose with notes of undergrowth and leather which accompany aromas of blackberry, plum and licorice. Very savory on the palate with mid-palate tannins. Long and spicy finish.

Vigna del capannino
Bibbiano
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015

Crystal-clear garnet red-colored. Comforting aromas of cherry in alcohol, raspberry jelly, orange rind, ground coffee, tobacco and a balsamic hint. Very intense and savory on the palate. The warmth is counterbalanced by the close-knit and smooth tannins, which proceed gradually and elegantly.

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