2019 Antinori Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano
Whoever says 'wine' in Italy says 'Antinori'!. This family has been making wine for more than six centuries. With respect for the traditions of the Tuscan country, 26 consecutive generations of Antinori have been involved in this. It is the eye for tradition and innovation that has made the Antinori house what it is today: the top of Italy. Badia a Passignano is a famous hilltop castle near Tenuta Tignanello. Marchese Antinori has been producing its top Chianti Classico here for many years. For several years now, this category has been baptized Gran Selezione. Just say the best of the best in Chianti Classico. Great wine, as robust and sturdy as the castle it is named after.
Antinori Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione is produced exclusively from the best Sangiovese grapes, harvested from the vineyard of the same name in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. The region has been respected and appreciated for its excellent wine production since the year 1000. The vineyards grow at an altitude of about 300 meters above sea level on soils rich in limestone with a fair amount of clay. The wine is aged in the historic cellars beneath the Badia (Abbey) of Passignano which dates back to the 10th century.
After destemming, the berries were carefully selected and gently crushed. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 10 days and was followed by an additional period of 10-12 days of maceration on the skins. After completion of the malolactic fermentation, which took place in stainless steel tanks, the different batches were tasted, carefully selected and mixed. Badia a Passignano is matured for 12 months in Hungarian oak barrels and a smaller percentage in French oak before being bottled and then bottle-aged for a further 18 months in the impressive cellars before becoming available.
The Antirnori Badia a Passignano is ruby red in color. The nose has a remarkable intensity: notes of ripe red fruit, alcoholic cherries and sour cherries subtly mix with soft balsamic notes and hints of aromatic herbs. The bouquet is completed by spicy notes of cloves and chocolate. On the palate, the rich entry gives way to well-integrated tannins, supported by a delicious fruitiness and excellent freshness.
The name Antinori is a household name in the wine world. Wherever you go in a little restaurant in the world, the wines of Antinori show off on the menu. And that is not easy! 600 years of experience precede, as many as 26 generations of wine know-how. Investments have been made carefully in domains and vineyards. And guaranteed in the best locations.
More information about Antinori
Marquis Piero Antinori is in charge and is assisted by his three daughters: Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. Funny those three A's. We are not going to bother you with all the awards that have been received over the years, because then this price list can no longer go through the letterbox. There are two red wines that are available on allocation and that one would like to get a few bottles from all over the world and that are Tignanello and Solaia and we also have these in our range at Grandcruwijnen.
In 1180, Ugo and Antinori di Rinuccino were officially named as owners of Castello di Combiate; a century later, the family who had moved to Florence were included in the register of the silk trade cooperative. In 1385, Giovanni di Piero, an indirect descendant, entered the wine guild as an apprentice. Since then, the wine-growing tradition of the Antinori family has been continuous. With the establishment of the Marchesi Antinori winery, the peak was reached in 1895 and already in 1898 the winery was built in San Casciano Val di Pesa, which is still the center of the widely branched group of properties in all major cultivation areas of Tuscany, Umbria. , Piemonte (since the early 90s through the purchase of the wine cellar Prunotto), Apulia and even California. The traditional house participating in the modern Tuscan wine-growing revolution owes much of its prestige to its former chief vinologist Giacomo Tachis, who produced exceptional wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello (especially sangiovese), Solaia (especially cabernet) and many others. the other was responsible. Vinologist Renzo Cotarella also created one of the best chardonnays in Italy in the Umbrian Castello della Sala.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch