Querciabella Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
The Wine Advocate
February 2023, Monica Larner
“This is my first sample of a Gran Selezione by Querciabella. Made with certified organic fruit (and sporting a hefty price tag), the 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Querciabella draws its fruit from the Ruffoli Vineyard in Greve in Chianti with vines planted in schistous galestro and sandstone soils at a cool 500 meters in elevation. This vintage comes off as open and accessible with warm-vintage fruit, tobacco, crushed stone and dried rose. There is a hint of soft cherry ripeness. The wine comes in a heavy glass bottle with 4,000 of them made.”
July 2022, James Suckling
“This has aromas of dark plum, peach, bay leaf, spearmint and vanilla. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a deliciously layered palate. Lovely interplay of stone fruit, herbs and spices. Long and elegant, with very fine and focused tannins. Fantastic purity. From organically grown grapes. Vegan. Drink or hold.”
July 2022, Antonio Galloni
“The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is a powerful, dense wine. Frost in 2017 affected the next vintage's potential yield, which likely explains the sheer intensity here. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, leather and sage all saturate the palate. There's tremendous creaminess and depth here. I can't wait to see how the 2018 ages, as it is a pretty big wine by Querciabella standards.”
Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for wines such as Camartina, Batàr, Palafreno and Querciabella Chianti Classico. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico and Maremma areas, Querciabella exemplifies the mindful preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural winemaking.
Querciabella’s Chianti Classico Gran Selezione represents the pinnacle of high-altitude, perfectly exposed Sangiovese fruit. Its unique character captures the "Genius Loci" of the hillside of Ruffoli, on the eastern side of the valley above Greve in Chianti, whilst depicting a grander portrait of Chianti Classico itself. A balanced wine with a bright personality and delicate tannins that transmit immediate pleasure, showing at the same time a vigorous capacity for aging.
The grapes are gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Once the fermentation is complete, the cap is fully submerged using the traditional Piemontese technique, with full skin contact for about five weeks. Malolactic fermentation naturally occurs in French oak barriques and tonneaux; then, the wine is racked into bigger oak vessels (25–30 hl) for smoother integration and tannin development. A slow maturation in wood for about 18 months allows us to better express and respect the site-specific identity of the Sangiovese we grow on the Ruffoli hillside.
From vineyard to bottle, no animal products are used in any phase of the production.
Dark berries and blue fruit aromas seasoned with creamy oak spices. It is very concentrated with a very firm yet polished tannic structure, showing an attractive finesse. It is lively, bright and youthful.
Great acidity combined with well-ripened tannins, excellent structure and just as much flavor make 2018 one of the most balanced vintages of the last decade. After an early budburst due to warm temperatures at the beginning of Spring and abundant rainfall in May, the growing season proceeded smoothly throughout a dry Summer. The near-perfect conditions that followed, lasting well into October, and our great precision in picking brought to the cellar grapes of exceptional quality.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14%
Titratable Acidity: 5.28 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 12, 2018
Harvest End Date: September 26, 2018
Aging: 18 months