THE BLACK ROOSTER AT VINEXPO 2013
Chianti Classico goes to Bordeaux with more than 70 labels to be tasted and much news to relate (HALL 1 – E130 / DE131)
CHIANTI CLASSICO: THE ORIGINAL
The heart of Tuscany, a territory composed of nine communities located in the provinces of Florence and Siena, is the birthplace of Chianti Classico, one of the world’s most famous and admired wines, guaranteed by the highest status for Italian wine, the DOCG (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed). Distinguished by its unmistakable Black Rooster trademark, Chianti Classico is made in compliance with strict production regulations that first and foremost entail a minimum composition of 80% of Sangiovese, the red grape typical of the territory whose finest expression is in Chianti Classico wine. The wine that comes solely from the “oldest zone of origin”, the one delimited by Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III in an edict of 1716, and the only one entitled to bear the historic Black Rooster symbol.
THE NEWS IN 2013
In 2013 the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the organization that protects and valorizes the denomination, approved a number of measures leading to an authentic revamping of the DOCG. Among the most important were the creation of a new type of Chianti Classico positioned at the summit of the quality pyramid, enhancement of the Riserva through more restrictive production rules and a restyling of the famous Black Rooster trademark that leaves the state neckband for greater visibility on the bottle. There were also significant changes to bulk wine sales.
The birth of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
This new wine is at the top of the quality pyramid for Chianti Classico, which is currently sold in two different versions: Annata (year’s vintage) and Riserva. The Gran Selezione is made solely from grapes grown in a single vineyard or selected from the vintner’s finest vineyards. In addition, where ageing is concerned, Gran Selezione rules aim at excellence and so the wine is put on the market only after 30-month post-harvest maturation, including 3 months of refinement in the bottle.
New rules for the Riserva
The Riserva – which accounts for 25% of production and 35% to 40% of denomination revenue – was also involved in the revamping. While the maturation period remains the same (a minimum of 24 months, at least 3 of which in bottle refinement), from now on the producer must always declare product destination (Annata, Riserva, Gran Selezione) when applying for suitability certification. This means that, when requesting certification, the vintner has to declare whether the sample presented will be used for Chianti Classico Annata, Riserva or Gran Selezione. The oversight board, which evaluates suitability through chemical analyses conducted by a certified laboratory and organoleptic tests performed by specific tasting commissions, will decide the proper classification for the wine submitted for certification.
The “destined-for” disappears
While until now it was possible to market wine “destined for” Chianti Classico – in other words wine not yet certified by the oversight board as suitable for the Black Rooster DOCG – with changes to production regulations this is now prohibited. Bulk lots of Chianti Classico may be marketed only if their suitability has been certified.
Black Rooster restyling
The trademark that since 2005 has represented the entire denomination and was positioned on the state neckband used by all Chianti Classico producers has been graphically revised to make it even more prominent on every bottle. In addition it enjoys new positioning on the bottle itself to give it greater visibility.
THE WINERIES PERSONALLY PRESENT AT VINEXPO 2013
Bibbiano, Bindi Sergardi, Capannelle, Casale dello Sparviero, Castelli del Grevepesa, Castello di Monsanto, Félsina, Fontodi, Lornano, Marchesi Mazzei, Poggio Bonelli, Principe Corsini – Villa Le Corti, Querciabella, Rocca di Castagnoli – Castello San Sano, San Felice and San Vincenti.