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Ageing Chianti Classico: Panel tasting results

With a wide range of vintages on show, this successful tasting showed just how well many of these top Tuscan reds can perform over time.

Michaela Morris, Sara Bachiorri and Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW tasted 109 wines with 10 Outstanding and 93 Highly recommended.

Ageing Chianti Classico: panel tasting scores

109 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 10

Highly recommended 93

Recommended 6

Commended 0

Fair 0

Poor 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their Chianti Classico wines, at Riserva or Gran Selezione level, including both a latest-release vintage and an older vintage of their choosing

When hunting down Chianti Classico’s finest wines, it is essential to explore both the Riserva and Gran Selezione classifications. The latter was only introduced in 2014, although the oldest examples hail from 2010 due to producers being able to backdate their labels. Furthermore, several producers have yet to embrace this category, choosing still to declare their top Chianti Classico as a Riserva.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the top-scoring the Ageing Chianti Classico wines

Ageing Chianti Classico panel tasting scores

The judges

Michaela Morris is a wine writer, judge, educator and speaker. Based in Vancouver, she is a VIA Italian Wine Expert, and teaches about Italian wine across Canada and abroad.

Sara Bachiorri is in the buying team at merchant WoodWinters. A DWWA judge since 2013, Sara was formerly head sommelier at The Glasshouse in Kew, then Chez Bruce in southwest London, followed by a stint at Italian specialist merchant FortyFive10°.

Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW is a widely published wine writer, consultant, educator and WSET lecturer. She is a regular judge and contributor for Decanter, and from 2023 is the DWWA Regional Chair for Tuscany.

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