Chianti, Italy


Villa Le Barone, Panzano in Chianti, Italy — October 13, 2017


Zara and our rental car, Chianti region, Italy — October 13, 2017


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Chianti ?

Chianti is a wine producing region, divided in seven sub-regions, out of which Chianti Classico (6 490 ha between Florence and Siena, Panzano being at the centre) is the most renowned: Chianti Classico can only be produced with grapes grown within this small area. Outside of this area, one can have Chianti, but not `Classico'. Chianti Classico is made with at minimum 75% of Sangiovese grapes. Chianti produces White and Rosé wines, but the Chianti Classico denomination is only permitted for Reds. Classico can be drunk best from 2 to 5 years after vinification.

Chianti Classico 'Riserva' has a richer taste than Chianti Classico, is generally produced only with red grapes and is kept longer in vats, barrels or barriques before being commercialized. Approximately 20% of Chianti Classico becomes ‘Riserva’. ‘Riserva’ can be drunk best from 5 to 15 years after vinification.

Chianti "Gran Selezionel has the same characteristics as Riserva and is guaranteed produced 100% with grapes harvested on the property.

Super-Tuscan is a generalized name for wines, raised within or without the Chianti Classico region using:
=non traditional grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot andior Syrah)
=mix A different grape types: 100% Sangiovese, or Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon, or Cabernet-Merlot, ...)
=non traditional vinification processes (ageing in newly made French barriques) Contrarily to Chianti Classico, no legal specification exists for Super-Tuscans. Many Super-Tuscans use the IGT (Typical Geographical Origin) certification.

DOCG means Controlled and Guaranteed Origin : wine type corresponds to criteria defined in its zone of origin.

The Gallo Nero (Black Rooster) label certtifies that the bottler of the wine belongs to the Chianti Classico consortium and Is a guarantee of enological quality and taste.

At Villa Le Barone, our wine chart has been assembled to propose our Guests the best wines of our small region. An asterisk (*) in front of a wine name, means that we recommend it for its taste, Its quality and its price.