An exceptional turnout for the wine event of the year: from the A of Antinori to the Z of Zonin, the Italian wine ambassadors par excellenc meet in Florence for the premiere of the Black Rooster’s new wine.
February 17, 2014
Everything great is worth waiting for: that’s why at least 30 months of maturation are needed for the Gran Selezione to attain its fine quality and go from the most famous Black Rooster cellars to tables the world over.
Florence, February 18, 2014 – The world premiere of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione will be Monday, February 17 at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The biggest names in the wine world will be getting together to fete Gran Selezione, the new version of Chianti Classico, the first denomination in the world to introduce, in modern times, a new type at the summit of its quality pyramid. After the presentation the evening continues with a very select dinner in the splendid setting of Palazzo Corsini in Florence, in whose Throne Room guests will be tasting the first samples of Gran Selezione presented for the occasion and in particular
Badia a Passignano 2009 (Antinori nel Chianti Classico), Castello di Brolio 2011 (Barone Ricasoli), Vigna del Capannino 2010 (Bibbiano), Mocenni Particella 89 2010 (Bindi Sergardi), Don Vincenzo 2009 (Casaloste), Il Solatio 2010 (Castello d’Albola), Castello di Ama 2010 (Castello di Ama), Castello Fonterutoli 2010 (Castello di Fonterutoli), Bellezza 2010 (Castello di Gabbiano), Castello di Meleto 2010 (Castello di Meleto), Il Puro 2010 (Castello di Volpaia), Bruciagna 2010 (Castello La Leccia), Vigna La Prima 2010 (Castello Vicchiomaggio), Colle Bereto 2010 (Colle Bereto), L’Imperatrice 2010
(Fattoria di Corsignano), Lama della Villa 2010 (Fattoria di Lamole), Montemaggio 2009 (Fattoria di Montemaggio), Beatrice 2011 (Fattoria Viticcio), Vigna del Sorbo 2010 (Fontodi), I Fabbri 2011 (I Fabbri), Il Margone 2010 (Il Molino di Grace), Lornano 2010 (Lornano), Losi Millennium 2007 (Losi Querciavalle), Ottantuno 2010 (Luiano), Sergio Zingarelli 2010 (Rocca delle Macìe), Riserva Ducale Oro 2010 (Ruffino), Cellole 2010 (San Fabiano Calcinaia), Il Grigio da San Felice 2010 (San Felice), Tenuta San Vincenti 2011 (San Vincenti), Lilliano 2010 (Tenuta di Lilliano), La Forra 2011 (Tenuta di Nozzole), Vignole 2009 (Vignole), Vigna Bastignano 2010 (Villa Calcinaia).
This new type of wine is made in the heart of Chianti, birthplace of great indigenous wines imbued with all the character and magic of this part of Tuscany. This terroir is more than a simple geographical delimitation, it is tradition and passion and recounts a history coming from afar to reach today and linger on the Black Rooster blazon depicted right on the ceiling of the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio; once a symbol of the ancient Military League of Chianti and now the trademark on all Chianti Classico DOCG labels.
The Gran Selezione is positioned at the summit of the DOCG’s quality pyramid, above the Chianti Classico Riserva and the Chianti Classico Annata (year’s vintage): a top edition that elegantly expresses the wineries’ finest vineyards.
The worth of this product will further consolidate, in Italy and abroad, the fame and prestige of what has become a real trademark of excellence, the Black Rooster brand: a jewel Made in Italy and an asset to safeguard in its uniqueness and territorial specificity impossible to reproduce elsewhere.
The Gran Selezione wines are distinctive for their perfect balance between elegance and potency, their great structure and ability to age, and thanks to their great versatility – typical of all Chianti Classico wines – they also guarantee even the most daring pairings with various international cuisines.
The Chianti Classico denomination covers solely and exclusively the wines made in the geographical area originally called “Chianti” between Florence and Siena: a unique territory that gives these wines an identity and a personality renowned the world over.
Thirty-five million bottles of Chianti Classico DOCG are produced annually and exported to 50 countries worldwide, from Europe to the United States, Russia, China and Brazil.
According to consortium estimates, the Gran Selezione accounts for 10% of Chianti Classico production and through time will have overall value of 70 to 100 million euros.