Chianti Classico – 2020 and 2019 vintages

Walter at Chianti Classico 2023

Walter continues his report on the Chianti Classico presentation in Florence earlier this year, focusing on the later-released wines, including Riserva and Gran Selezione. See Chianti Classico – vintage 2021 for background and for analysis of the 2021 growing season. Walter is pictured here during the event, deep in thought (photo courtesy of the Consorzio).

The 2020 vintage was already in the spotlight in Florence in February last year, with 59 wines available for tasting, to be trumped by 66 wines this year. This slightly arbitrary statistic reveals an important phenomenon: quite a large number of producers consider their...