2018 Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva, Felsina, 6x750ml

2018 Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva, Felsina, 6x750ml

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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

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From £240.00

Critics Score: 97

Publication: Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserya Rancia is an absolutely stunning wine. The archetype of Rancia in the past has been of a big, potent Chianti Classico but in 2018, Rancia is a wine of mind -blowing elegance and finesse. Silly, perfumed and indescribably finessed, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. It's a magical wine in every way.
Producer
This 470 hectare estate is located northeast of Siena, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga on the southern border of the Chianti Classico production area. Fèlsina epitomises the powerful style of southern Chianti, where the wines are stylistically more akin to those from Montalcino than their fellow Chianti from Fontodi or Isole e Olena.

Giuseppe Mazzocolin ran the estate from the end of the 1970s until 2011. He is now less involved in the day-to-day management, while consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei remains very much at the helm of the winemaking team, as he has been since 1983.
Their barrel-fermented Chardonnay ‘I Sistri’ is made from 60% free-run must and combines a ripe, buttery nose with a touch of tropical fruit on the palate, while maintaining a fresh finish. The Fèlsina Chianti Classico is fresh and vibrant with remarkable elegance. ‘Rancia’ is a six hectare Sangiovese vineyard on sandstone, chalk and galestro soils. The wine is aged for 18 – 20 months in oak and is concentrated yet elegant with black and red berry fruit and a fine character. The ‘Fontalloro’ is made solely from Sangiovese grapes grown on three vineyards, two of which sit just outside the Classico border. It has a powerful structure and great concentration of tannins. The Gran Selezione ‘Colonia’ is made from Sangiovese grapes grown on a vineyard that was finally replanted in 1993, after many years of extremely hard work on this difficult but rewarding site. Aged for 30 months in French oak and only produced in very small quantities, it displays a unique complexity and intensity which justifies its position at the apex of premium Chianti Classico wines.

Vineyards
The Rancia vineyard lies entirely within the Chianti Classico zone, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, north east of Siena. It is a 6 hectares vineyard which sits at 400 metres above sea level, facing south.The vines were planted between 1958-1982, with newer plantings using genetic material from the old Rancia vineyard. Vines are trained according to a simple Guyot system, with an average yield of 40-45 hectolitres per hectare. Soils are quartzitic blue-grey sandstone, with layers of sand and calcareous albarese mixed with alluvial pebbles. In the higher areas, the soil is a limestone marl galestro mix.

Vintage
2018 winter was characterized by heavy rainfall that filled the 2017 water deficit and by a wave of intense frost (up to - 13C °) between 26 and 28 February. This phenomenon did not cause damage to the vines as they were all still in vegetative rest. During spring, temperatures were above the seasonal average, with abundant rainfall. Unlike 2017, many early defoliation have been done and a more intense mowing and control of the weeds, while the working of the land has been reduced. High temperatures in summer with storms that have maintained water reserves in the soil and thus balance for the vine. The month of September was beautiful, with sunny days until the 10th of October. This allowed a double or even triple selection of grapes on all the vineyards, increasing the already excellent quality.