Agricola San Felice
San Felice Il Grigio Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2016
Italy / Tuscany
Andy's Tasting Notes
Gran Selezione was introduced in 2010 as a new classification to denote the top quality tier for wines in the Chianti Classico region. This (2016) is the best ever vintage so far, with this wine showing exceptional quality and superb balance, harmony and complexity.
Great price to quality ratio. Decant 1 – 2 hours before serving. Drink now to 2030.
80% Sangiovese, 20% local indigenous grapes.
Producer notes: tasting note – Ripe, opulent and spicy nose with complex aromas of violets, cassis, tobacco and liquorice. Full-bodied and richly flavoured – concentrated ripe plum and dried black fruit characters are enhanced by fine tannins, beautifully balanced acidity with a sour cherry twist, and well-integrated spicy oak. Will improve with cellaring for 5-10 years.
95 points Wine Enthusiast
93 points Wine Spectator
96 points James Suckling
Closure – cork
We are pleased to offer at this special price, rrp is circa £28.50
Price per bottle £28.50 £21.90
Based in Castelnuovo Berardenga, around 30 miles south-east of Florence and at the southern end of the Chianti Classico zone, this reputable estate includes 140 hectares of vineyard, a cellar, around 17,000 olive trees, and a village with a prestigious hotel complex. Winemaker Leonardo Bellaccini crafts a portfolio of wines which is highly regarded and multi award-winning.
At Agricola San Felice, efforts are made to protect the Chianti landscape and the beauty of the village by safeguarding the most significant buildings and the old dry-stone walls. Soil erosion is combatted by maintaining the terracing and constantly analysing variations in flora and microfauna. The vineyards are managed according to methods of precision viticulture, which allow ad hoc treatments for each plant so as to minimise environmental impact and maximise product quality. A school of pruning was founded to help to respect the physiology of the vines and to boost their wellbeing and productivity.
San Felice is 100% self-sufficient in generating all the electricity it requires using both photovoltaic solar panels, saving 285,000 kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year, and a biomass-fuelled thermal power plant. Sustainability also encompasses participatory projects, such as the one launched by Fondazione Umana Mente which involves young people with disabilities or social problems taking their first steps in the world, and elderly people who want to pass on their skills.
Food matchPerfect with all roast/grilled meats