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Last year, we reported in detail on the development of the Chianti Classico under the conditions of a constantly warming climate. Little has changed in the situation. Above all, the consequences of the drought continue to cause problems for the winegrowers. It ensures that some wines do not have the necessary substance, depth and aromatic complexity to be able to counteract the almost universally increased alcohol content. For all their alcoholic power, they then come across as a little barren and not infrequently brittle due to drying tannins. Fortunately, the situation has eased somewhat with the 2019 and probably also the 2020 vintages.

The average quality is still high anyway. We were surprised by the wines of some top producers who succeed in displaying extraordinary depth, substance and complexity, and yet some of them even stay well below 14% alcohol. Other Chianti Classico wines are powerful, but at the same time well balanced thanks to their juiciness, precision and freshness.

In terms of vintages, 2016 once again proved its status as the vintage of the decade. 2017 and 2018 had the biggest problems with drought and heat. Nevertheless, many producers managed excellent wines in both years; it is just a matter of choosing wisely. 2019 largely confirmed the very good impression we had already gained from the Annata last summer. The number of remarkable wines here is high in all classification levels. The vintage is closest to the '16, especially because the harmonious summer did without extreme heat waves and thus made perfect ripeness possible. We can expect a few more peaks here next year. The first annatas from 2020 are similarly promising as the 19s were last summer.

We have tasted around 230 Chianti Classico in the past weeks - all of them, as always, blind and at least twice. We present the best ones here, separated by vintage and classification. Links to all the wines tasted with detailed descriptions and their producers can be found at the end of each list.

In FocusChianti Classico Chianti Classico Annata 2020

San Fabiano Calcinaia Tuscany 2020 Chianti Classico DOCG 89 WP very good Up to 15.00 €
Riecine Tuscany 2020 Chianti Classico DOCG 89 WP very good Up to 25.00 €
BIBBIANO Tuscany 2020 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good
Brancaia Sarl Tuscany 2020 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 18.50 €
Poggerino Tuscany 2020 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good 19.00 €
Casa Emma Tuscany 2020 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good 20.00 €

In FocusChianti Classico Chianti Classico Annata 2019

Tenuta Fontodi Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 91 WP excellent Up to 35.00 €
 
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Dievole Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG "Petrignano" 89 WP very good 17.00 €
Ormanni Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 15.00 €
Panzanello Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG "P. 1427" 88 WP very good 24.00 €
Montefioralle Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 19.00 €
LA SALA – IL TORRIANO SNC Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 25.00 €
Querciabella Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 30.00 €
Podere Lecci e Brocchi Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 20.00 €
Basilica Cafaggio Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 15.00 €
Castello di Cacchiano Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 20.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Annata 2018

Le Fonti - Panzano Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG 89 WP very good Up to 15.00 €
Le Cinciole Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 18.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Annata 2016 and older

Villa Buonasera Tuscany 2016 Chianti Classico DOCG 88 WP very good Up to 15.00 €
Torcibrencoli Tuscany 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG Maria Gioconda 88 WP very good Up to 35.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Riserva 2019

Riecine Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 92 WP excellent Up to 40.00 €
Gagliole Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 89 WP very good 32.00 €
La Montanina Tuscany 2019 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good 12.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

Basilica Cafaggio Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 90 WP excellent Up to 23.00 €
Castello di Cacchiano Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 90 WP excellent Up to 30.00 €
Cinciano Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 90 WP excellent Up to 30.00 €
Brancaia Sarl Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 90 WP excellent Up to 30.00 €
Montefioralle Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 89 WP very good Up to 35.00 €
Cinciano Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva "Camponi" 89 WP very good Up to 40.00 €
Fattoria Casaloste Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 89 WP very good Up to 40.00 €
Querciabella Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 89 WP very good Up to 50.00 €
Famiglia Nunzi Conti Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 89 WP very good Up to 25.00 €
Panzanello Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good 35.00 €
Terreno Tuscany 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good 28.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Riserva 2017

Le Fonti Tuscany 2017 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 89 WP very good 21.00 €
Le Fonti - Panzano Tuscany 2017 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good Up to 22.00 €
Carpineto Tuscany 2017 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good 20.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

Capannelle Tuscany 2016 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 91 WP excellent 30.00 €
Setriolo Tuscany 2016 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good Up to 31.00 €
Podere Ciona Tuscany 2016 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good Up to 27.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Villa Buonasera Tuscany 2015 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 88 WP very good Up to 20.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Cinciano Tuscany 2017 Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione 88 WP very good Up to 40.00 €

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

In Focus: Chianti Classico Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 and older

Photos: © Courtesy of Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico

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