Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Trio

This mixed case contains one bottle each of three phenomenal expressions of the Sangiovese grape. These beauties have just been released by Castello Fonterutoli, the historical Mazzei family owned estate located in the heart of Chianti Classico.

The case features:

1 bottle of Vicoregio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

1 bottle of Badiola Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

1 bottle of Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Vicoregio 2017 : A pretty red with black cherries, walnuts, spice and hints of dried flowers, following through to a medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Hints of bitter citrus rind. Very tight for the ripeness of this vintage. 95 points

Badiola 2017 : A firm, silky red with cherries, berries and chocolate. Medium-bodied, fresh and firm. Racy and fine. Tannic. This needs time to open and come together. A great wine. 96 points

Castello Fonterutoli 2017 : Lots of ripe fruit with walnuts, tile, dried berries and chocolate powder. Full-bodied, velvety and chewy. This is a very powerful and structured Chianti Classico that will rival many top Brunellos. Decanter Platinum and 97 points

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Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico

This small wine-region produces perhaps some of the best-known and appreciated wines from Tuscany. Wine has been produced in this area for over 2000 years, since Etruscan time. This Tuscan region was named Chianti and recognized as a wine-region since 13th century. In 1716 Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, officially delimited the Chianti production zone: an area lying between the cities of Florence and Siena where the homonymous wine was produced and was already enjoying great success. At that time the wine called “Chianti” was made in the territory called “Chianti”. The trademark always found on bottles of Chianti Classico is the Black rooster, historic symbol of the Chianti Military League and among other things depicted by famous artist Giorgio Vasari on the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

The Chianti Classico appellation covers an area of approximate 260 km2 (about 100 square miles) between the city of Florence to the north and Siena to the south. The four communes of Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Radda in Chianti are located entirely within the boundaries of the Classico area with parts of Barberino Val d'Elsa, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa in the province of Florence as well as Castelnuovo Berardenga and Poggibonsi in the province of Siena included within the permitted boundaries of Chianti Classico. The soil and geography of this subregion can be quite varied, with altitudes ranging from 250 to 610 m (820 to 2,000 feet), and rolling hills producing differing macroclimates. There are two main soil types in the area: a weathered sandstone known as alberese and a bluish-gray chalky marlstone known as galestro

There are three tiers within the Chianti Classico appellation: Annata, Riserva and Gran Selezione. Chianti Classico Annata requires a minimumum of 10 months of ageing in wood and bottle before release. Riserva wines must be aged for 24 months before commercial release. A Chianti Classico Gran Selezione must be made from a single estate and have been aged for a full 30 months.