Following Anteprima Chianti, an event organized at the Palazzo Borghese in Florence, last February 16, by Consorzio Vino Chianti, Marco Sabellico, wine expert for the wine guide of Gambero Rosso and host of the event, answered some questions.
What’s the best way to describe a good wine?
A good wine can be described mainly analyzing its perfume and its structure. However these are elements strongly linked to the distinctive features which mark out the area the wine belongs to. What we define a good wine always evokes the history of its territory. In this perspective, Anteprima Chianti has been a unique opportunity to explore the Chianti wines of recent years which are certainly some of the best wines which better express the connection between the product and the area of production.
How would you describe Chianti wine?
Chianti wine is first and foremost a wine of extraordinary vitality. It is fresh, youthful, it smells of spring, flowers, violet, ripe fruit, cherry, blackberry. It is a wine that could be called crispy, good to drink at home but also open air. The Chianti wine is fresh and full of life and for this reason it transmits happiness and joy.
What is the value of the Chianti wine in the wine scene?
Chianti is a synonym of Tuscany, is one of the most well-known words in the world about Italian wine. Chianti wine recalls its hills, the heart of Tuscany, its landscape, the country houses and the farmhouses: an idyllic picture but it is very close to reality. The Chianti region is in fact one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and in the world, it is the only region of Italy which is known globally. From Australia to Russia to Canada, when it comes to Tuscany you know exactly what part of Italy we are talking about.
What does a wine like Chianti tell us about the region it belongs?
Each region is characterized by a specific climate and soil composition. Let’s take for example Sangiovese wine. It is a powerful detector of these territorial marks. Sangiovese is spread from Romagna to southern Italy but it is in Tuscany that it finds its highest exaltation. It is a wine that surprises us with its versatility. If its vine grows on clay, the wine will have a peculiar perfume, different from the one that comes from vine grown on the marl, or on alberese which gives a more fruity taste to wine. We can say that it is a wine that more than others helps us to explore the complexity and variety of the world of Chianti, where each wine is like different tile of a mosaic, some representing the hills around Pisa, others the hills of Florence or Siena. Each of them has its own personality and Sangiovese is ideal to reveal these differences. Chianti is a wine that truly expresses the characteristics of its territory.