01 Dezember 2020



In Italy, in 2014, a new denomination was introduced in the Chianti Classico: the Gran Selezione. What does it mean? If we assume we are inside a 100sqm office there will be a difference between a central location and a location near the bathroom, correct? The same goes for the vineyards. The only difference is that luck decides the position of a man, for the vineyard it is the position that determines his luck.

If there is a new denomination, what should it be called?

In Tuscany, Chianti Classico is mainly produced from Sangiovese grapes, and is very famous as a wine.

Before 2014, there were only two qualities of Chianti Classico: Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva. The latter has higher production requirements than the former.

Since 2014 the new Grand Selection, more than two, has been formally approved by the European Commission. The main difference is that the wine must have an aging of 30 months and comply with all the new requirements of the specification (minimum alcohol content of 13%, the grapes must come from the vineyard owned by the winery and bottled by the winery itself), only in this way can be labeled as Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.

The purpose of the introduction of the Grand Selection from the point of view of production and certification, is to support the winery in producing the best Chianti Classico with the best grapes from the best vineyards.

Fully understanding the Grand Selection from the point of view of communication and price will help to further improve the image of the Chianti Classico and convey awareness of the diversity of the terroir. On the other hand, the limited production and the enhancement of different terroirs make the wine unique. Many wineries are now attracted and interested in producing the Grand Selection.

We received 3 bottles of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione from the Mazzei winery of their project "3 terroir, 3 municipalities, 3 great selection".

This project is named so precisely because these wines come from 3 different terroirs, from 3 different municipalities: Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castellina in Chianti and Radda in Chianti.

Starting from 2017, the Mazzei family wants to represent the different terroirs of the three municipalities through three different wines, three bottles of wine to collect the territorial diversity and give the consumer the opportunity to have a unique taste experience.

The Vicoregio 36 grapes come from the Vicoregio di Castelnuovo Berardenga vineyard located at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level, with good sunshine and large temperature variations between day and night, mainly clayey soil rich in Alberese stones. The Castello di Fonterutoli comes from Castellina in Chianti, the vineyards are located in a medium-high hill position and are helped by the growing heat of the Val d'Elsa to form a unique microclimate.

The woods above the vineyards help cool the vineyards at night. The ideal microclimate, combined with the rich soil of Alberse, creates a wine with a wonderful structure and rich in minerality.

Badiòla comes from the La Badiola vineyard located in Radda in Chianti. The wine is elegant and fresh, it has a persistent red fruit flavor. At an altitude of 570m, it is truly a rarity in Chianti Classico. The soil is composed of Galestro and sandstone, which is the best soil for growing grapes. From a climatic point of view Radda is unique: during the height of summer, it benefits from the cool current, the average temperature of the vineyard is also the lowest of all the winery's estates.
  • Badiòla
  • Castello Fonterutoli
  • Vicoregio 36
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