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I had thought for a while that our portfolio of classic wines needed a Chianti but I had struggled to find one good enough - and reasonably priced – until now.
Classico means that this wine comes from the hilly historic centre of the Chianti wine region, the area most suited to vine growing. Simple Chianti is likely to be more fruit-forward and as is usually the case very easy to drink. This wine is much more elegant, a smooth and classy bottle of wine to be savoured rather than glugged.
This wine is produced 98% from Sangiovese and 2% from a more obscure Italian grape, Canaiolo, which brings perfume and softens the Sangiovese a little. Unlike many Chiantis this wine has not been oak aged and so it is much more delicate and not at all rustic like some. It has the typical Chianti Classico profile, red fruits like sour cherry, redcurrant with violets and savoury notes on the nose and palate - but without vanilla flavours which come usually from oak. The initial sharp red fruit hit melts into a mouth-filling and mouth-watering sensation leaving you wanting more. Delicious.
The wine may need time to open up so I recommend that you decant this wine or pour from a height to aerate the wine - your patience will be rewarded. I tasted a bottle over three days - using a wine pump to preserve it in between - and it seemed to get better each time I opened it. A beautiful, very elegant wine.
This wine features on Nobu London's wine list
This is a wine best consumed with food. Recommended to drink with lamb, game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, and tomato-based dishes - think Italian!
Brancaia Chianti Classico shows our passion for this territory and the real character of the Sangiovese grape. This wine matures for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. It has seducing notes of ripe fruit, a lovely acidity and it offers you a lot of drinking pleasure.
Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso
89 points Robert Parker
Barbara Widmer's Brancaia offers a stunning set of new releases with wines from some of the best recent vintages including 2010 and 2013. If you are a Brancaia fan, as am I, you should not miss these wines."
17 points Jancis Robinson MW Mar 2015
"Cask sample. Just mid ruby. Cool, fragrant, earthy Sangiovese nose. A little tight still and just medium bodied but well balanced and extremely appealing. Wonderful, fine tannins on the finish."