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Chianti Classico Connection 2021

I attended the fascinating Chianti Classico Connection tasting in Munich this week. More than 200 Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Gran Selezione from the 2019 to 2013 vintages were up for tasting. Fascinating was the comparison of the vintages.

Once again, I particularly enjoyed the wines from 2018 and 2016 with an excellent balance of power, intensity and well-defined fruit. Excellent for me among others Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo 2018, Fonterutoli Gran Selezione 2018, Felsina Rancia 2018, the wines of Brolio and Monsanto Il Poggio Gran Selezione 2016. Many of the 2019s on display were also compelling – with delicate primary fruit and animating acidity. The Chianti Classico from Brancaia, Felsina Beradenga, Fontodi and Riecine were excellent.

A warm and dry growing season characterised the very small 2017 vintage in terms of volume. Many wines do not show the tannin quality of the years mentioned above in many wines. Nevertheless, there are delicious wines, such as the Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017.