When The Great Beauty means Great Selection
I am sceptical about the Gran Selezione of Chianti Classico: I think more could have been done to enhance the greatness of the best Chiantis, starting from vineyard selection, with the name and surname of the crus or the municipalities. But many interests are at stake and if hundreds of producers must be made to agree, the outcome can only be “mediatory”.
Nevertheless, I would like to report that there are fantastic wines in the Great Selection of Chianti Classico, as demonstrated by the magnificent dinner with which the Chianti Classico Consortium welcomed delegates of the Masters of Wine Symposium, at Palazzo Corsini, in Florence. Such a charming, old, magnificent, baroque location immediately recalls the connection between Gran Selezione (Great Selection) and Gran Bellezza (Great Beauty), the Italian Oscar-winning film. An excellent move by Sergio Zingarelli, president of the Consortium.
During the evening I tasted different Gran Selezione wines.
I would like to share my three favourites with you:
1. Fèlsina – Selezione Colonia 2009. Pure expression of Sangiovese, earthy, with nuances of liquorice and plums. This is elegance for me. 95/100
2. Fontodi – Vigna del Sorbo 2010. Still young, high ageing potential. Very intense, complex, lingering on the palate. 90/100 (I’m sure in a couple of years I could write 97/100 or so…)
3. Ricasoli – Colledilà 2010. Plums, a bit of oak still not integrated in the wine texture, fascinating powder note. Smooth on the mid-palate. Outstanding length. 88/100
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