A bit like Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Sauvignon in Sancerre or Nebbiolo in Piedmont, Sangiovese undoubtedly finds its finest expression in Chianti.
The “chianti classico”, it should be specified, because the area of appellation “hianti” has grown dramatically over the past 30 years. To the point where the quality of many wines (too many?) Leaves one wondering. Go read my colleague Nadia who laid a excellent paper on the subject. For my part, I offer you two not to be missed.
Drink less. Drink better.
Tenuta di Renieri, Chianti Classico 2017
It is a good example to understand the classic sangiovese of chianti. A well-scented nose with hints of cherry, flower, cocoa and an earthy touch. The palate is slender, the fruit is rich and the tannins are elegant, although still tight. Good persistence. Salivating impression which brings a nice drinkability. Spaghetti’s best friend is him!
Brancaia, Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
We go to a higher level here with a riserva from an excellent vintage. A producer whose wines have a more modern accent, therefore richer, rounder, more extracted. With six years on the clock, the secondary notes are slowly being felt. Tobacco tones intermingle with that of candied cherry, balsamic and a touch of potpourri. In the mouth, we can smell the wine which is still juvenile, although the tannic mass is well integrated with the fruitiness that we can guess ripe. It’s ample, generous and of undeniable charm. Already at point, it will be able to keep another 5-7 years without problem. Even better at the table with a braised meat.
★★★ 1⁄2 $$$ 1⁄2
★★★ Very good
More stars than dollars: well worth the price.
As many stars as dollars: worth the price.
Fewer stars than dollars: wine is expensive.