Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva, San Felice, 75cl
A large estate, with 180 hectares of immaculately maintained vineyards in Castelnuovo Berardenga, which lies adjacent to its sister property Villa la Pagliaia. The wines at both are made by Leonardo Bellacini, a master of the 'non interventionist' approach, giving classic expressions of high quality Sangiovese, restrained and complex and with great balance and depth. The secret lies in high quality grapes from exceptional vineyards, driven by an intensive research programme, in particular by selection of the best naturally occuring clones. The resulting wines are understated but satisfying, unencumbered by new oak, Cabernet or flashy winemaking. A concentrated, plush red with black berry fruit and meaty characters. The seamlessly textured palate opens up to show dense fruit and complex layers of leather and spice - with lovely, fine, integrated tannins.
Full & Opulent
Sommelier Wine Awards 2019
As this earned itself a well-deserved Gold, Paola Giraldo of Wiltons had praise for its ‘elegant nose and delicate aromas, leading to intense spices and ripe fruits on the palate, with great length’, while James Fryer of Woodhead 17 appreciated notes of ‘coffee, red earth and leather, along with dried black fruits and grippy tannins’. Further noting ‘dense dark berry fruits, as well as chocolate and liquorice’, team leader Nigel Lister added: ‘Pappardelle with wild boar ragu, anyone?’
2010 Vintage: Sommeliers Wine Awards 2015, Food Match Trophy for Steak and Gold Medal
"'Balanced, juicy and chewy, with good texture and spicy notes,' said George Bergier of The Victorian Chop House Company, illustrating how the Il Grigio won not only Gold, but also the Steak Food Match award. ‘Rich and ripe, dry and crunchy, with ripe tannins, some black berry fruit notes and a fresh finish,’ added Neil Bruce of Studio Alto, while Matteo Malquori of Hakkasan Hanway Place said: ‘Forward style with red fruit and floral notes.’" Sommelier Wine Awards 2015, Judges Comments