Castello di Bossi Gran Selezione 2015

Gran Selezione is the newest quality designation to have been added to the DOCG classification system in Chianti Classico. Gran Selezione takes quality controls a step further than Riserva-- which previously occupied the top tier-- by banning the use of any purchased, or non-estate-grown fruit, in the inclusion of a wine labeled Gran Selezione. This coupled with longer aging requirements (30 months minimum) and minimum levels of alcohol set to 13% designates a band of wines from Chianti Classico producers representative of the appellation's highest quality potential with often limited availability.

About the Vineyard

Castello di Bossi's Gran Selezione is precisely that-- a selection of the best quality fruit grown across the Bacci family's Castelnuovo Berardenga estate in any given vintage.  Whilst this wine will always contain a portion of fruit sourced from the noble Corbaia Vineyard, different areas of the estate may feature in the cuvee depending on the weather conditions and ripening observed over the course of a vintage growing season.

Wine Production

The Gran Selezione from Castello di Bossi is fermented over a 2 to 3 week period in Stainless Steel tanks using indigenous yeasts and temperature control. Aging takes place in 500 Liter French tonneaux for 24 months, followed by 6 months in bottle.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in color with garnet lights that hint at the wine's extended barrel aging, Castello di Bossi Gran Selezione is explosive in its intensity and yet the wine manages an astounding complexity and finesse. Aromas of rich black cherry and plum integrate well with cedar, sweet cooking spices, chocolate and saddle leather.  On the palate the wine is fleshy and dense.  The finish achieves great balance and very pronounced length. This is a wine that will age with grace for many years. 

Food Pairing

Match Castello di Bossi Gran Selezione with robust main coursese. Roasted and grilled meats pair easily with Gran Selezione while well-seasoned cheeses and hardy vegetable-based stews broaden the scope.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Chianti Classico DOCG
Vineyard name
Castello di Bossi Estate
Vineyard size
75 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous, Clay, and Stony - Tufaceous
Training method
Spur-pruned
Elevation
990 feet
Vines/acre
2400
Exposure
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1983
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
2013
Bottles produced of this wine
20,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Sangiovese
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14 days
Fermentation temperature
84 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
21
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
500 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
24 months
Certifying Organizations
Ecocert

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