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Chianti Classico is currently experiencing a whole series of good to excellent vintages - and its producers know how to make the most of the opportunities. Despite the undoubted effects of climate change, changed ripening conditions and, on average, noticeably higher alcohol levels, many of them have succeeded in producing elegant and at the same time complex wines in a quantity and quality that have perhaps never been seen before.
Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico

The development of the Gran Selezione seems particularly striking to us. The fears that the new quality top of the Chianti Classico introduced a few years ago would "cannibalise" the Annata and the Riserva do not seem to be confirmed. Even more important, however, is how the winemakers are dealing with the new category. More and more often, the awareness seems to prevail that greatness in wine can be defined much more by finesse than by sheer power and concentration. Even if there are and probably always will be heavy blockbusters: The pendulum is currently swinging in the other direction.

We have tasted almost 200 wines for this BEST OF. We present the best of them - sorted by vintage and classification - here and, as always, also in a handy PDF ahead. You can find links to all the wines with detailed tasting notes as well as their producers by clicking on the respective headings.

2018 Annata

  • 89WP "Berardenga", Fèlsina
  • 89WP Castello di Querceto
  • 88WP "Vallenuova", Tolaini
  • 88WP Rocca di Castagnoli
  • 88HP Castello di Bibbione
  • 88WP Castello D'Albola
  • 88WP "Fontalpino", Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino
  • 88HP Fonterutoli
  • 87HP Riecine
  • 87WP "Buondonno", Casavecchia alla Piazza di Buondonno
  • 87WP "Rubiolo", Gagliole
  • 87WP Tenuta Villa Barberino
  • 87WP "San Jacopo", Tenuta Vicchiomaggio
  • 87WP Carpineto
  • 87WP "RS", Badia a Coltibuono
  • 87WP "Meleto" Castello di Meleto

2017 Annata

  • 90WP Tenuta Fontodi
  • 90WP Basilica Cafaggio
  • 89WP "Dofana", Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino
  • 88HP "Malaspina", Castello di Starda
  • 88WP "Villa Calcinaia", Fattoria di Calcinaia
  • 88WP "Vaggiolata", Monterotondo
  • 88WP Vecchie Terre di Montefili
  • 88WP "Terre di Prenzano", Villa Vignamaggio
  • 88WP Badia a Coltibuono
  • 88WP Casa Sola
  • 88HP Brancaia
  • 88WP Castello in Radda
  • 88WP "Montaperto", Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino
  • 87HP Rodano
  • 87HP Fattoria Casaloste
  • 87WP "Dannata", Casarossa
  • 87WP Monterinaldi
  • 87HP "Belvedere Campóli", Conte Guiccardini
  • 87HP Tenuta di Lilliano
  • 87HP Villa Pomona
  • 87WP "Clemente VII", Castelli di Grevepesa
  • 87WP "Castelgreve", Castelli di Grevepesa

2017 Riserva

  • 92WP "Rancia", Fèlsina
  • 90WP Castello D'Albola
  • 90WP "Terrazze", Castagnoli
  • 90WP Castello di Querceto
  • 89HP Riecine
  • 89WP Tenuta di Arceno
  • 89WP "Berardenga", Fèlsina
  • 88WP "Bugialla", Poggerino
  • 88HP "Ser Lapo", Fonterutoli
  • 88HP "Famiglia Zingarelli", Rocca delle Macie
  • 88WP "Borgaio", Castello di Meleto

2017 Gran Selezione

2016 Annata

  • 89WP Fattoria Casenuove
  • 89WP "Capotondo", Castelvecchi
  • 89WP Poggio Torselli
  • 89WP "Forcole", Tenuta Degli Dei
  • 89WP Tenuta Perano
  • 88WP "Solatio del Tani", Machiavelli
  • 88HP "le fioraie", Piemaggio
  • 88HP Poggio Bonelli
  • 87WP "Tagliafune", Montepaldi
  • 87WP "V.Q.P.R.D." Fattoria La Ripa

2016 Riserva

  • 91WP Basilica Cafaggio
  • 90WP Tenuta Villa Barberino
  • 90WP "Malaspina", Castello di Starda
  • 90WP Poggio Torselli
  • 90WP Badia a Coltibuono
  • 90HP Brancaia
  • 90WP Tenuta Perano
  • 90WP "Vigna Poggiarso", Castello di Meleto
  • 90WP "Vigna Casi", Castello di Meleto
  • 89WP Fattoria Casaloste
  • 89WP "Agostina Pietri", Tenuta Vicchiomaggio
  • 89WP "Seretina", Monterotondo
  • 89WP "Gerardino", Villa Vignamaggio
  • 89WP Cinciano
  • 89WP "Chielle", Podere L'Aja

2016 Gran Selezione

2015 Annata

2015 Riserva

  • 91WP Fattoria di Rietine
  • 91WP "Basilica San Martino", Basilica Cafaggio
  • 90WP "Levigne", Istine
  • 90WP "Vigna Misciano", Borgo Scopeto
  • 90WP "Tagliafune", Montepaldi
  • 90WP "Vigneti La Selvanella", Melini
  • 90WP Podere Ciona
  • 90HP Podere L'Aja
  • 89HP Castello di Cacchiano
  • 89WP "Giuliano", Castello La Leccia
  • 89WP "Lodolaio", Castelvecchi
  • 89WP "Ser Gioveto", Rocca delle Macie

2015 Gran Selezione

  • 93WP "Clemente VII", Castelli di Grevepesa
  • 92WP Castello di Bibbione
  • 91+WP "Lamole", Castelli di Grevepesa
  • 91WP "Madonnino delle Pieve", Castelvecchi
  • 91WP "Sergio Zingarelli", Rocca delle Macie
  • 91WP Cinciano
  • 89WP "Vigna di Fontalle", Machiavelli
  • 89WP "Squarcialupi", La Castellina
  • 89WP "Vigna Elisa", Tenuta Villa Barberino
  • 89WP "Bruciagna", Castello La Leccia
  • 89WP "Riserva Ducale Oro", Tenimenti Ruffino
  • 89WP "Vigna Il Corno", Castello in Radda

Older vintages

Note: for technical reasons all wines are listed under "Annata".

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