Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 94] [WE 93] [WA 93]
Regular price $45.00 Sale price $39.97 Save $5.03
Gran Selezione is the newest quality designation to have been added to the DOCG classification system in Chianti Classico. Gran Selezione takes quality controls a step further than Riserva-- which previously occupied the top tier-- by banning the use of any purchased, or non-estate-grown fruit, in the inclusion of a wine labeled Gran Selezione. This coupled with longer aging requirements (30 months minimum) and minimum levels of alcohol set to 13% designates a band of wines from Chianti Classico producers representative of the appellation's highest quality potential with often limited availability.
About the Vineyard
Castello di Bossi's Gran Selezione is precisely that-- a selection of the best quality fruit grown across the Bacci family's Castelnuovo Berardenga estate in any given vintage. Whilst this wine will always contain a portion of fruit sourced from the noble Corbaia Vineyard, different areas of the estate may feature in the cuvee depending on the weather conditions and ripening observed over the course of a vintage growing season.
Deep ruby in color with garnet lights that hint at the wine's extended barrel aging, Castello di Bossi Gran Selezione is explosive in its intensity and yet the wine manages an astounding complexity and finesse. Aromas of rich black cherry and plum integrate well with cedar, sweet cooking spices, chocolate and saddle leather. On the palate the wine is fleshy and dense. The finish achieves great balance and very pronounced length. This is a wine that will age with grace for many years.
Varietal composition: 100% Sangiovese
Aging: 30 months in French oak
Ratings & Reviews
94 Points - James Suckling:
Sweet berries and cherries with some vanilla and cedar character. Medium body and creamy, juicy tannins. Tangy acidity. Plum, citrus and vanilla undertones.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
Full-bodied and elegantly structured, this 100% Sangiovese, made with organically farmed grapes, has enticing aromas of violet, pipe tobacco, new leather and camphor. On the savory palate, fine-grained tannins accompany dried cherry, blood orange, licorice and mocha.
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
A certified organic wine, the Castello di Bossi 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione shows soft fruit richness with ripe cherry and blackberry backed by gentle tannins and rich textural support. This pretty, full-bodied Sangiovese is perfect for pairing with grilled meats or a winter stew.