Optimal conditions, healthy grapes, and organoleptic intensity combine for another five-star vintage
NEW YORK, November 21, 2019 — The Chianti Classico Consortium (Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico) is pleased to announce the positive results of the recently-completed 2019 harvest, a year which promises to be memorable for the historic Tuscan denomination. Both qualitative and quantitative factors strongly indicate a vintage of classic proportions, and one that will be of great interest to national and international critics, collectors, sommeliers, and wine lovers.
The year’s relatively mild and dry winter was met with an early spring, ensuring a normal budding period for the vines, and late spring rain resulted in water reserves useful for maintaining plant health throughout the summer heat. May and the very beginning of June saw cool, humid conditions slightly delaying the growing cycle of the vines — a turn of events paralleling, in fact, the seasonal shifts that created the great vintages of the 1980’s. Summer was hot and largely typical, with no extreme changes in heat or rainfall, and September was marked by good weather and notable diurnal shifts allowing for both perfect phenolic ripening and an amplification of the grapes’ natural aromatic profile. Sangiovese was largely harvested between September 20th and mid-October, with fruit arriving at wineries showing full health, vitality, and quality.
All signs point to 2019 Chianti Classico developing into a fresh and balanced vintage due to evenness of acid strength and tannins, proper concentration, an intense aromatic profile, and a slightly lower alcohol content than the recent average — factors which together meet the current market trends while also positively auguring future ageability. Further examination of extract values, anthocyanins, and polyphenols also support the outlook that the year’s Chianti Classico will be one of classic varietal typicity with all of Sangiovese’s unique aromatic signatures. An all-around excellent vintage, 2019 is a year able to enhance the innate characteristics of the grape, while also clearly translating the diversity of soil types and microclimates that make the terroir of the Black Rooster one of the world’s finest.
Moreover, the whole Chianti Classico region is increasingly defined by a commitment to ecological balance, organic viticulture, and a reduction of human impact on the environment—all factors contributing to the exceptional quality of the finished product, which, as one of the world’s great fine wines, is inevitably the result of harmony between human intervention and the natural world.
“Chianti Classico is enjoying great success,” says Giovanni Manetti, President of the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium. “Behind that success is a territory that is unique in the world but also requires a lot of work, significant investments, and a deep respect for the land. Two thirds of the territory are covered in woods, with only one tenth of the area dedicated to viticulture, of which 40% has already been converted into organic agriculture. Today, in the Chianti Classico region, wine producers increasingly aim for ecological balance, committing themselves to reduce human impact as much as possible. In fact, wine reflects the image of the territory, and for this reason, it is important to preserve the environmental context, alongside the care of a quality product.”
About the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico:
The Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico exists to protect, oversee, and valorize the Chianti Classico denomination. Since the Consortium’s founding in 1924, the organization has changed its name and the design of its logo, the Black Rooster, which since 2005 has been the trademark of the whole denomination. As one of the premier institutional organizations in the European Union in the grape-growing and winemaking sector, the Consortium represents 96 percent of the DOCG production. The entire production chain is supervised by a public tracking system, which enables consumers all over the world to check the bottle they’ve purchased via the Consortium’s website. The Consortium also conducts research and development in the agronomic and enological fields, in collaboration with prestigious educational and research institutes. For more information, please visit www.chianticlassico.com.