Re-discovering Fine Chianti

It seems that proper Chianti is experiencing something of a renaissance, in light of which I recently shared a bottle of 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva from Antinori with friends. I was happily reminded of just how wonderful good Chianti can be. I’m not quite sure of the precise blend of this particular Chianti but the star, unsurprisingly, was Sangiovese – the great grape variety of Tuscany. It was rich, ripe and rounded but also packed with the kind of vibrant, bright cherry fruit, succulent, tangy red-berry acidity and sheer energy which are some of the hallmarks of high-calibre Sangiovese.

Clearly serious Chianti is something which deserves further investigation, particularly with the recent appearance in the market of the first vintages of the new top designation of Chianti – Gran Selezione – from a small number of brilliant producers such as Castello di Ama, Fontodi and Castello di Fonterutoli (with a bottle of the 2011 of the latter pictured here).

Hopefully there will be more to report on this front very soon!

Ian Paveley, August 12th 2015


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