Chianti Classico is op weg naar drie nieuwe ‘cru’s’. Er komt voor deze ‘denominazione’ een regionale sub-divisie, zoals we die ook kennen voor Barolo en Barbaresco. Asa Johansson meldt voor BK Magazine:
‘Chianti Classico is moving towards a regional sub-division similar to what has already been done in Barolo and Barbaresco. The goal is that the wine region’s eight municipalities should be allowed on the label at the end of this year. The Mazzei family goes ahead of the time and releases 3 new “cru’s” from Chianti Classico.
The Mazzei family has taken a step into the future on their own and recently released three different Gran Selezioni made with one hundred per cent sangiovese from three different municipalities. They are still not allowed to put the commune on the label so instead they use the vineyard names. But it is a clear statement from the Mazzei family on what they think about the future of Chianti Classico. The vintage was not the easiest, considering the warm climate, but all three wines have retained a lovely freshness that is surprising.
The 3 ‘cru’s’:
Vicoregio 36 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017, Castello di Fonterutoli, Mazzei
A wine from the southernmost municipality of Chianti Classico, Castelnuovo Berardenga. The vineyard is at an altitude of 350 meters; the soil is calcareous clay. There are substantial temperature differences between day and night.
A full-bodied wine with an initially closed aroma of dark cherries, blackberries and peppery barrel notes. The wine has an acidity with lots of tension and noticeable tannins, but the well-preserved fruit creates a good balance. A wine to keep for a few more years but which has great potential.
Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017, Mazzei
A wine from Castellina in Chianti. The vineyards are right next to the estate’s headquarters in the village of Fonterutoli. The soil is rocky and challenging to work, with a lot of limestone. The vineyards are at an altitude of 470 meters, and here too, there are significant temperature differences between day and night.
A wine with inviting aromas with ripe fruit, all sorts of cherries and a light touch of oak barrels. A well-integrated acidity that gives freshness without taking over and with elegant tannins. A juicy finish makes this a real favourite.
Badiòla Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017, Castello di Fonterutoli, Mazzei
This is the estate’s novelty, and it comes from Radda in Chianti. The production is small, only a few thousand bottles. Radda in Chianti is located in the eastern part of Chianti Classico and extends up to the Monti del Chianti. So many vineyards are at high altitude. This wine comes from an altitude of 670 meters, something that you can feel in the wine.
The colour is lighter, the wine less full-bodied and is more astringent. Less fruit is evident. Here it is all about elegance and saltiness with high acidity and noticeable tannins in the background. A wine for real sangiovese lovers’.