Chianti

Chianti

  • Blend which is predominantly Sangiovese
  • Chianti Classico must be 80% Sangiovese
  • DOCG is the highest level of quality
  • Medium to long ageing
  • Reserve must be two years aged
  • 300 year old region, older than Bordeaux and Champaign
  • In the 1930s it was expanded from it’s original boundaries
  • The original boundary is referred to as Chianti Classico, the expanded is Chianti
  • Chianti Classico has the original terroir that made it famous, more complex, more depth however Chianti is more straight forward
  • Sangiovese means blood of Jove, the Zeus of the ancient Romans, so means blood of god
  • Sangiovese is the most planted red grape in Italy
  • In 2006 the law was changed to no longer allow white grapes in the blend however this was not really needed anymore due to modern winemaking techniques
  • Usually blended with indigenous grapes however occasionally French varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Chianti traits:

  • When young has notes of prune, sour cherry, violet
  • Medium body
  • Sangiovese is in between Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in body
  • Chianti has gripping tannins, however not as much as Cabernet Sauvignon