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“Whether you know about wines or not, Chianti Classico is an evocative name. This wine with a controlled and guaranteed designation of origin since 1984 is one of the most famous Italian wines in the world.
The wines of the Chianti Classico appellation, represented by the Consorzio of the same name, are mainly produced in a territory of 70,000 hectares located in the very center of Tuscany between the provinces of Florence and Siena. The vines used for the production of Chianti Classico cover just over 10% of this territory, i.e. 7,200 hectares. This territory is known for its favorable climate for the cultivation of vines resulting in more complex wines, while the region where the Chianti appellation wines are produced is more extensive in Tuscany.
“The main grape variety used in the production of Chianti Classico is Sangiovese. This variety must represent at least 80% of the grapes used in its production. In some cases, it may be the only grape present while in others, red varieties may constitute up to 20% of the wine blend. In all cases, the result is fruity and generous wines on the palate that go wonderfully with good homemade dishes.
There are three types of Chianti Classico. Gran Selezione is made from fruit from a single vineyard and is aged for 30 months, three of which are in bottle. As its name suggests, it is the finest in its class. The Riserva ages for 24 months, three of which are in bottles, while the Chianti Classico Annata goes through a shorter aging process, 12 months, without having any aging time in bottles.
To easily recognize Chianti Classico wines at the SAQ, just look for the black rooster on a white background surrounded by a magenta crown, the official logo that certifies that the wine meets the standards of the appellation. This is an opportunity to rediscover these classic wines during the next happy hour with roommates. As soon as dinners with friends are allowed, it will be an opportunity to impress guests by preparing an Italian-inspired meal, or another, enhanced by a bottle of Chianti Classico. These are wines that go well with meat, pizza or pasta. They are also very good to enjoy as an aperitif with a charcuterie platter to share.”
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“The end of year festivities are finally upon us! What better way to end a second year marked by unpredictability than a platter of charcuterie and local cheeses with a good glass of wine? To create the perfect food and wine pairing, we chose to collaborate with the Chianti Classico Consortium, a group of wine producers from the Chianti Classico appellation.
Chianti Classico wines come in three typologies – Annata, Riserva and Gran Selezione – which are distinguished in particular by their length of aging and refinement. These typologies are in the form of a pyramid, with the Annata at the base and the Gran Selezione at the top. While Annata wines are fine and easy to drink, with fresh and fruity aromas, Chianti Classico Riserva and Gran Selezione stand out for their elegance, depth and richness of flavor.
In all cases, we find gourmet and unifying wines dressed in a characteristic ruby red color and presenting vibrant and inviting aromas. With at least 80% Sangiovese grapes and up to 20% other red (but never white) grape varieties, such as Merlot and Canaiolo, Chianti Classico wines are aromatic and generous on the palate. You can even find pure Sangiovese!
Versatile, Chianti Classico wines go very well with many homemade dishes, such as pizzas, arancini and pasta. They are perfect for both romantic and festive gourmet dinners or for an aperitif with friends. But above all, they make us travel to Tuscany – one of our favorite places in Italy.
To recognize Chianti Classico wines, just look for their official symbol: the black rooster. This brand, which certifies the origin and authenticity of Chianti Classico wines, makes them immediately recognizable on the market. Cheers! “