Walter's classification of Chianti Classico

Original 1855 classification of Bordeaux châteaux

Where angels, and the Consorzio, have feared to tread, Walter bravely stomps in, with a ranking of the best Chianti Classico producers. See also The case for Chianti Classico 2018 and 2017 and Great 2017 and 2016 Chianti Classico Riservas.

There are two parallel universes in Chianti Classico: one of large producers, who, for the last 25 years or so, have pursued a style for which they found a ready market and who not only believe that the market is not saturated, but think it actually wants more of the same.

Frustrated by a perceived price ceiling for wines...