The Heart of Tuscany: A Journey into Chianti Classico
When we talk about Tuscan wine, it’s impossible not to talk about one of the most historic denominations of the territory – Chianti Classico. This is true even more so for a company like ours which was born in the rolling green hills of Greve in Chianti.
Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva have long been two of our flagship wines. To top off this collection of wines with even more quality is our Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. Let’s get to know these wines on a journey that will lead us into the history and tradition of this territory known as Chianti Classico which dates back to 1716 with Cosimo III de ‘Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
Let’s start with the vintage Chianti Classico – mostly Sangiovese (as per tradition) and Canaiolo. These grapes are vinified and then briefly aged in oak barrels – so as to give richness and complexity to each sip, then spend time in steel and vitrified concrete containers, after which they are refined in the bottle. All the typical aromas of Sangiovese are evident on the nose: violets, wild berries, blackberries and raspberries, all of which define an intense and vinous wine, with distinct notes. The structure of the sip makes Chianti Classico the perfect pairing for roasts, game and most of all grilled meats. The territorial pairing which outshines all pairings is Chianti Classico and tomato soup.
The Chianti Classico is aged in oak barrels of various capacity for over a year, followed by a long refinement in the bottle resulting in an elegant, structured, full-bodied and persistent wine. The intense ruby red color with garnet reflections corresponds to clear and balanced hints, ranging from crunchy red fruit to roasted, vanilla, pepper, hints of cocoa and coffee. Each sip is long and velvety with a tannin that balances well with acidity. Chianti Classico Riserva is the perfect wine for game, pappardelle with wild boar and roasts. It is at its best when at a temperature of 64° F – 68°F.
And here we are at the top of our Chianti Classico pyramid with our Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. This is a product of absolute excellence when it comes to Tuscan and international viticulture. It is a wine aged in 225-liter French oak barrels for about 18 months. It is then bottled without undergoing any treatment or filtration. This is a process that maintains the integrity of the complexity and structure of the sip, with very intense aromas of berries, vanilla and spice. The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione lends itself to a lengthy evolution thanks to its marked longevity. This is the perfect wine to pair with yet another great classic – the Florentine steak.