“Best ever? Superb.”
99 Points – James Suckling (on 2018 Colore)
Bibi Graetz is something of a maverick. Making neither traditional Chianti Classico nor classical Super Tuscans, he crafts extraordinary wines with old vines and indigenous varieties. His artistic pedigree shines through in wines that are expressive of both place and his light touch in the winery.
His 2018 Colore and Testamatta have just been released, a vintage marked by its freshness and floral perfume. The wines clearly show the ongoing shift in winemaking here, with a move toward elegance, rather than power and extraction. Bibi's aim, especially in 2018, is to make wines that are open and delicious from the moment they're released.
The 2018 Colore – his flagship bottling, increasingly sourced from one 90-year-old vineyard of Sangiovese in Lamole, with just a touch of Colorino – is structured and complex with layer upon layer of aromatics, as well as a compelling freshness. Wine critic James Suckling, scoring it 99 points, asks whether it might be the best ever vintage of this wine.
Testamatta – a pure Sangiovese, also sourced from old vines in Chianti – is more elegant in style, described by Monica Larner as “silky, long and very fine”.
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“What intense aromas of cherries and raspberries! Then it turns to flowers and orange peel. Roses, too. This is really full and powerful with layers of ripe tannins. It’s super fine-tannined, but shows wonderful length and intensity. A great expression of Lamole in Chianti Classico with ancient vines. Some older than 100 years. Best ever? Superb.”
99 Points – James Suckling
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“Very subtle aromas of cherries, bark, black truffles and flowers. Hints of crushed stones. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and solid with a very tight, minerally structure. Very long and intense. Racy and bright at the end. Powerful, orange-peel and citrus-fruit undertones. Salty and minerally. This needs time to develop in the bottle. Extremely structured.”
97 Points – James Suckling