The good news right from the start: the average quality of Chianti Classico has probably never been as good as it is today. It is only a little surprising that the wines of this DOCG, which is one of the oldest clearly defined regions of origin, often seem to have no clear lineage, no identity-forming common features. Regardless of their quality, many Chianti Classico wines could just as well come from the Bordelais, the south of France, southern Italy, Spain or Australia.
|Landscape in Chianti Classico (Photo: Consorzio Chianti Classico)|
But here, too, the trend seems to be slowly moving in a different direction. After the use of new wood, even in the Riserve, began to be significantly reduced some time ago, the wines of many producers are now becoming ever finer and more elegant and are thus once again approaching the image of the delicate yet characterful food companion that we like to have of a Chianti Classico.