Have you ever found yourself looking for a “Chianti” on the restaurant menu or in the local liquor store and being overwhelmed by the vast selection of Chianti labels? And once there, the more perplexing question comes: Chianti or Chianti Classico? At first glance, not an easy differentiation.
Probably one of the most well-known facts to get you started is that Chianti is in Tuscany, Italy and Chianti wine comes from the same region of 8 municipalities within the Provinces of Florence and Siena. A lesser known fact, perhaps, is that production of Chianti Classico occurs within the central part of that same region. Both are DOCG, which is the highest recognition of quality given to Italian wines.
So, where is the differentiation?
Most importantly, Chianti may NOT be produced in the Chianti Classico region. And the difference is easily distinguished on the Chianti Classico bottle, which displays the “Black Rooster” accreditation on its bordeaux-shaped bottle.
Look deeper into a Chianti Classico and you will find a “Quality Organization Pyramid”. In 2013, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione was added to the top of that pyramid, above Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico Annata. The Gran Selezione makes up 5% of the Chianti Classico production and is either single vineyard or produced from a winery’s finest grapes: a truly premium wine.
The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione from Il Molino Di Grace (Chianti, Italy) is an excellent example of this elegant wine and has been awarded 94 Points by James Suckling. Il Molino Di Grace (http://www.ilmolinodigrace.it/) is a family-owned winery with vineyards that have been fruitful for over 350 years. Even more, its wine is certified organic!
This wine is available at the BC Liquor Stores: