Chianti Classico governing body may introduce an 'icon' top-level wine which would be superior to riserva.
The move has been touted in response to producer complaints that the reputation of super Tuscans is being tarnished by an influx of producers into the category. They believe that this designation would offer a viable wine alternative which will help consumers distinguish the best Tuscan wines.
Members from the Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico will discuss the motion over the coming weeks to decide on whether a new category would work in the region. If a new classification was to be introduced, it is thought it would include stricter rules on production and ageing, as well as rethink bulk wine purchasing and rebrand the logo to make it less confusing for consumers.
David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, told Harpers: “There have been some great super Tuscans and some indifferent ones, but the same could be said of Chianti classico.”
This is widely reflected, with many spectators saying that the level of Super Tuscan wines as a whole is good enough to compensate from the rare bad wines that are produced from the region.
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