New Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

Published by Sally on April 28, 2013

A new Chianti Classico DOCG hierarchy is expected to be approved later this year.

A new, top tier – Gran Selezione – is to be added above Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico ‘straight’.

Gran Selezione has a tougher production code:

Ministerial approval will mean that wines from the 2010 vintage may be classed according to the new three-tier hierarchy.

The independence of the tasting panel has been outsourced to a third party – Valoritalia.

It is expected that Gran Selezione may account for 6-8% of production. It seems obvious a price premium will evolve for the category.  Currently Riserva accounts for 22% of the volume (37% value), with ‘straight’ Chianti Classico accounting for 78% of the volume (63% of the value) of sales.

Average annual production of total Chianti Classico is around 35 million bottles, on the 7,200 hectares of vineyards of the DOCG. This is not far beyond the 32 million bottles of Bordeaux’s Cru Bourgeois.

Chianti Classico has as its mascot and trademark the black rooster. It was mandatory that the black rooster symbol is on the DOCG strip that goes on the neck of the bottle. It may now also appear on the back label.

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