Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2020

Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2020

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Sangiovese

75cl * 14.5% ABV * Chianti Classic DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

Badia a Passignano is located above the town of Sambuca Val di Pesa, just 3 kilometers south of the Tenuta Tignanello estate. The property extends over an area of 223 hectares (551 acres), of which 65 hectares (160 acres) are planted with vines. The estate’s historical importance in the Chianti region is well documented in hundreds of volumes that are kept in the Florence State Archives that provide descriptions and details about the Sangiovese vineyards and local crops over the centuries. Further proof of this came to light in 1983 when a thousand year old vitis vinifera plant was discovered on the land surrounding Badia a Passignano.

Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione is produced exclusively from the finest Sangiovese grapes harvested from its namesake vineyard located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. The region has been respected and appreciated for its outstanding wine production since the year 1000. The vineyards grow at an altitude of approximately 300 meters (984 feet) above sea level on soils rich in limestone with a fair amount of clay. The wine was aged in Hungarian oak barrels, and a small percentage in French oak, for several months in the historic cellars under the Badia (abbey) of Passignano that dates back to the 10th century.

Intense on the nose with notes of ripe red fruit, liqueur cherries, and sour cherries together with citrusy hints of red oranges and delicate floral sensations of lavender. Its complex bouquet is completed by sweet notes of vanilla and pleasant spicy aromas of cloves and leather. The palate is full but sustained by silky, vibrant tannins than accompany a lengthy finish, persistent and strong, with a pleasant aftertaste of bitter cocoa and citrus. Decant and serve at 16-18 °C with ragù or truffle tagliatelle.

Drinking Window: 2023 - 2028

"Gorgeous brightness and complexity. So hard not to drink now. Will age beautifully" James Suckling