2015 the ‘vintage of the century’ in Chianti Classico

20th May, 2016 by Lucy Shaw

The 2015 vintage has been widely lauded in Chianti Classico, with one producer going as far to dub it “the vintage of the century”.

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Speaking to the drinks business during a recent visit to the Chianti Classico region, Francesco Mazzei, CEO of Mazzei said: “2015 is easily the vintage of the century so far. The weather was perfect – nothing was in excess.

“It was never too hot, we had good humidity in spring and a cooler August, which was good because June and July were hot. The quality of the wines is extraordinary.”

As to whether this will push up prices, Mazzei told db it was unlikely as it’s not the way they work in Chianti Classico.

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“We could put the price up of Siepi as it’s sold on allocation, but it would only be by around 3-4% as I don’t believe in taking a Bordeaux approach to pricing,” he said.

Bernado Bianchi, chief winemaker at Colle Bereto, was equally effusive about 2015. “In my opinion, it is the best vintage in Chianti Classico of the last 50 years. We had amazing weather and the wines are very….

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