In January 2013 the 600 member strong Consorzio of Chianti Classico began a major revamp of the old Tuscan DOCG regulations with the creation of a new classification, Gran Selezione.
Gran Selezione has been declared the new denomination at the pinnacle of Chianti Classico and this marks the first time in history that legislation has permitted such an act. The Gran Selezione designation will encompass roughly 10% of the wines produced per vintage with the aim of benchmarking new standards as well as creating an elite group of wines clearly discernable to consumers.
For a Chianti Classico wine to obtain Gran Selezione status, it must be made of 80% Sangiovese as before but capture the ‘signature’ of the grape regardless of its geography among the nine communes. All grapes must be grown on the estate, come from the finest single vineyards or plots of a vineyard and be aged for a minimum of 30 months to include three months in bottle. The characteristics of the wine must encompass ‘great structure that, thanks to grape selection and long refinement, is given superior balance and harmony, depth of flavour and aromatic complexity. On the palate it combines immediacy of fruit with the fascinating nuances typical of wines taking long to develop’. Technical specifications are listed below:
“Chianti Classico is the first denomination in the world to have introduced a new type of excellence to its qualitative pyramid”, enthuses Sergio Zingarelli, president of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium. “A unique case, a challenge the Black Rooster launches to the wine world in the conviction that to update a 300-year history of great passion and great success, to further valorize a territory and sell well on international markets you have to continue to believe and invest in product quality”.