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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

    £38.99

    “One of the many highlights in this range, the 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is the most refined, elegant wine Antinori has made from their Badia a Passignano property. Medium in body and lithe, but with plenty of the fruit intensity that is typical of this site, the 2016 Badia captures a striking middle ground of richness and finesse that is captivating. Lavender, mint, blue/purplish fruit and licorice are all beautifully delineated. The gradual move towards less concentration in the cellar and larger 300 and 500-liter barrels has paid off handsomely. This is such a gorgeous Chianti Classico. Drinking window: 2021-2036. 94 points

    Two thousand sixteen has turned out to be an extraordinary vintage for Antinori. The family’s wines in Chianti Classico are off the charts great. At the entry-level, the wines are incredibly delicious and have the added virtue of being made in large quantities, which means readers in many markets around the world will be able to enjoy them. The most improved wine is the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano, which now finally tastes like a wine of place, while at the upper end, both Tignanello and Solaia are truly majestic. The 2016s are marked by pure sensuality, with perfectly ripe tannins that feel like they aren’t there at all. What a fabulous collection of wines this is.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Caparsa Caparsino Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

    £25.99

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  • Caparsa Doccio a Matteo Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

    £34.99

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  • Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

    £54.99

    “The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva is dark, powerful and super-expressive. Black cherry, plum, smoke, sage, licorice, spice, leather and tobacco add shades of character to a wine that shows the more virile side of Sangiovese. The 2013 Riserva is a wine of tremendous intrigue, the sort of wine that opens up over hours, constantly revealing new dimensions of personality. For that reason, it is one of the most compelling and important wines in all of Tuscany. The 2013 is stellar. Don’t miss it. Drinking window: 2021-2038. 94 points

    Castell’in Villa remains a beacon for classically built wines, even if the Chianti Classicos are a bit more approachable young than they used to be. Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa is a notorious recluse. She releases her wines later than most of her colleagues and is reluctant to show them at all. But wine lovers who are familiar with Castell’in Villa know just how special the wines can be. The 2013 Riserva is especially fine.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Castello di Ama Ama Chianti Classico 2019

    £24.99

    “A silky, open-knit wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Ama is wonderfully alluring from the very first taste. This gracious, aromatically expressive Chianti Classico from the estate’s young vines, will drink beautifully upon release. Drinking window: 2021-2029. 92 points

    Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti showed me a brilliant set of new releases during my most recent visit. The Ama wines are often showy when young, but they only reveal their true potential after a number of years in bottle. These are quite simply some of the most singular expressions of Chianti Classico readers will find. I was especially struck by the sublime magnificent 100% Merlot L’Apparita.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Castello di Ama Montebuoni Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

    £34.99

    “A new wine in this range, the 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Montebuoni is effusive, deep and powerful. Black cherry, plum, spice, leather and dried herbs all open in the glass. Bright saline notes extend the finish nicely. The 2018 offers a compelling balance of fruit richness and energy. Drinking window: 2023-2038. 93 points

    Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti showed me a brilliant set of new releases during my most recent visit. The Ama wines are often showy when young, but they only reveal their true potential after a number of years in bottle. These are quite simply some of the most singular expressions of Chianti Classico readers will find. I was especially struck by the sublime magnificent 100% Merlot L’Apparita.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Castello di Ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

    £45.75

    “The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello di Ama San Lorenzo is a blend taken from Ama’s four core estate vineyards. Black cherry, graphite, sage, mint, juniper berries and licorice give the San Lorenzo a distinctly dark, brooding profile to match its powerful feel. The big tannins need time to soften, but there is certainly plenty to look forward to. Stylistically, San Lorenzo is closest to Bellavista, with which it shares a decidedly somber feel. This is such a gorgeous wine. Drinking window: 2020-2036. 94 points

    These new releases from Castello di Ama are exceptional. A memorable edition of the flagship 100% Merlot L’Apparita caps things off in grand style. The 2017 growing season was marked by very hot temperatures in May and June, followed by rain at the end of June and into July. The compact harvest produced small, light bunches with very little juice. Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti found the conditions too challenging to bottle their flaship Bellavista and La Casuccia crus, so for 2017 the reds that will be released are the Ama and San Lorenzo Chianti Classicos, Haiku and L’Apparita. The much more benign and picture-perfect 2016 growing season produced some of the most majestic, viscerally thrilling wines I have ever tasted here. Don’t miss them!”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Colonia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

    £94.99

    “The 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia is fabulous. Bright and translucent in the glass, the Colonia embodies everything that makes the Fèlsina wines so special. It is at once both powerful and elegant, extroverted and quiet and yet so full of character. The Colonia delivers a whole range of Sangiovese aromas and flavors with tremendous intensity and grace. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, cedar, tobacco and earthy notes all grace this exquisite, wonderfully expressive edition of Fèlsina’s Gran Selezione. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 96 points

    This is a gorgeous set of wines from Fèlsina. The range is full of highlights, starting with the 2018 Chianti Colli Senesi, which is especially refined and a fabulous value. Fèlsina fans will find much to like in the 2017s as well. As always, the wines are deep and rich, with that distinct element of wildness that is so characteristic of the Sangioveses of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Even after all these years, Giovanni Poggiali and Giuseppe Mazzocolin, with their team, craft wines of distinction and elegance. Lastly, readers should also check out the wines of sister estate Pagliarese, which are made in a slightly more classic style.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Vigneto Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2017

    £46.99

    The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is incredibly polished and sophisticated. Silky tannins give the 2017 its racy, sleek personality. Over the last year, the 2017 has really settled into a gorgeous place. There is plenty of vintage 2017 intensity, but Rancia is distinctly medium in body and restrained. The wilder side of Sangiovese, one of the signatures of Rancia and Fèlsina more broadly, tastes a bit baked out. I can’t wait to see how the 2017 develops over the coming years and decades. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 95 points

    This is a gorgeous set of wines from Fèlsina. The range is full of highlights, starting with the 2018 Chianti Colli Senesi, which is especially refined and a fabulous value. Fèlsina fans will find much to like in the 2017s as well. As always, the wines are deep and rich, with that distinct element of wildness that is so characteristic of the Sangioveses of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Even after all these years, Giovanni Poggiali and Giuseppe Mazzocolin, with their team, craft wines of distinction and elegance. Lastly, readers should also check out the wines of sister estate Pagliarese, which are made in a slightly more classic style”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Vin Santo 2009 (375ml)

    £29.99

    “The 2009 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is a jewel of a wine. Rich and sumptuous, but not at all heavy, the 2009 offers up a beguiling mélange of orange peel, honey, dried flowers and candied almond. For readers who want to know what Vin Santo should be, this is it. Amazingly, the mother for the Vin Santo dates back to at least the 1950s! Drinking window: 2022-2032. 97 points

    These new releases from Fèlsina will give readers a very good idea of the style of current vintages. The Fèlsina Chianti Classicos have generally been wines of power. What impresses me most about the flagship Rancia and Colonia in 2018 is their finesse. Readers on a budget will want to check out the straight Chianti Classico, a wine that offers superb quality and value, yet also has the potential to age. In short, this is another stellar set of wines from the team led by Giuseppe Mazzocolin and Giovanni Poggiali. Fèlsina fans will also want to check out the wines of sister estates Castello di Farnetella and Pagliarese.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2018

    £22.99

    “The 2018 Chianti Classico Fontodi marries the natural concentration of Panzano with the greater vibrancy and energy that are such signatures here in recent years. Dark cherry, plum, graphite, leather, licorice and mocha build effortlessly in the glass. Deep and pliant, with superb integrity and purity, the 2018 is a Rockstar wine and a real standout in its peer group, which is not that of all Chianti Classicos, but of the best wines in the entire appellation. Drinking window: 2024-2038. 94 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2018

    £24.99

    “The 2018 Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole is pliant and super-expressive. In this vintage, the Lamole has a touch more textural richness than in the past, which is quite inviting. Dark cherry, plum, spice and lavender build into silky, perfumed finish. The 2018 spent 18 months in cask. It’s a gorgeous effort from the Manetti family. Drinking window: 2023-2038. 92 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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