Chianti Classico boasts a vivid history and has suitably emerged as one of the most popular Italian wines. By law, it must be made with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes – adding complexity and lending that classic, crisp bite.
To ensure the quality and authenticity of their wines, Italians created a designation system for grading wines. The DOCG label indicates a specific region – a Controlled Designation of Origin – and very strict laws must be followed during the production of wines with this identifier.
In fact, DOCG designations signal the most rigid regulations on characteristics such as the types of grapes used, alcohol content, and age to maturation. The Chianti DOCG comes from the beautiful Tuscan region nestled between Florence and Sienna, Italy. It was first noticed as the perfect source of grapes dating back to the 13th century. The delicious texture of the wine from this region helped it become the most widely recognized Italian wine. A black rooster adorns every bottle as an ode to the region’s interesting history.
While the Sangiovese grape gives the wine its crisp fresh bite, fruit flavors come through in the taste. Notes of red fruits like cherry and cranberry create a warm, mellow aroma. The Sangiovese has been blended with several different grapes throughout time, and each different bland picks up those nuances. The storied history of the region comes through with a slight spice and hints of leather. Chocolate flavors and oak textures enhance the tasting experience. It is described most often as pure, complex, and structured.
While some Chianti blends are delicious enough to drink on their own, the complex nature of the Classico calls for food pairing. It has a high acidity that works well with sweet meats and red tomato sauce dishes. It works well with pizza, Italian pasta, and savory meat entrees. It doesn’t only work well with red sauces, though. Feel free to pour yourself a glass and enjoy the way it enhances recipes that feature chicken, pork, or even lamb.
This is definitely a wine that is created in Italy and enjoyed by the world.