Chianti Classico Riserva & Gran Selezione 2010: panel tasting results
Il Molino di Grace, Il Margone, Gran Selezione
Decanter average score: 18.5/20pts (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Andrea Briccarello 18.5 Michael Garner 18.5 Emily O’Hare 18.5
The name of the estate translates as ‘the mill of Grace’. It’s not quite as romantic as it sounds, as the mill dates from the 19th century and Grace is the name of the American-born owner, Frank Grace. He bought the property, near Panzano, in 1995; until then the grapes had been sold to cooperatives. Grace’s first vintage under the new name was in 1999. Since then acclaim has been swift. The 23ha of Chianti Classico are farmed organically. As well as a regular Riserva, the estate produces ‘Margone’, a selection from pure Sangiovese, which is aged 12 months in 50% new barriques and tonneaux, and then given futher ageing in large casks.
Andrea Briccarello Notes of caramelised plums and hints of dark spices and cranberries. Lots of leather and cigar-box aromas. Wild game and meaty flavours on the finish, followed by ripe plums on the back of the palate. Very attractive and rustic.
Michael Garner Coffee, chocolate and spice over ripe and powerful black fruit aromas. Dense and full with persuasively opulent fruit characters. Good intensity and balance; will keep well.
Emily O’Hare Cherry and menthol aromas lead into a savoury and chewy palate with meaty tannins. This is a well-structured wine with great balance.
Price: £19.95-£25 Mondial Wine, Swig