Chianti Classico – 2021 and 2020 Riserva and 2021 Gran Selezione

Shadows falling across Chianti Classico's vineyards

Priced out of Brunello? Walter finds that the latest Chianti Classico Gran Selezione wines can compete for less. Above, a cluster of poderi (farmhouses) in Gaiole in Chianti.

At the annual reveal of Chianti Classico vintages in Florence this past February, the 2021 Riservas didn’t disappoint, though the real bargains, in quite a few cases, are the straight Chianti Classicos (see my report on these wines here). To anyone seriously interested in cellaring wines, I would recommend investing in the Riservas, but only in the loftiest of names who have a real track record for making complex and ageworthy...