2018 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

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  • "Close to Perfection" ~ 97 WinesCritic.com
  • Gran Selezione (Grand Cru) Level
  • Best Quality Fruit From Family Estate
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About the Wine

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.

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.

"Castello di Bossi makes this wine with a selection of the best Sangiovese from their 310 acres of vines in Castelnuovo Berardenga."

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: 500 Liter French tonneaux for 24 months, followed by 6 months in bottle.

Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. 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.


Classic and very precise in the sensory profile showing notes of raspberries, strawberries, red prunes, green tea leaves, coriander, and vetiver grass. Full-bodied, velvety tannins of remarkable beauty and an incredibly elegant finale, touching a level of precision of execution close to perfection. Remarkable right away it will continue to give more of itself over time. ~97 WinesCritic.com

Sweet berries and cherries with some vanilla and cedar character. Medium body and creamy, juicy tannins. Tangy acidity. Plum, citrus, and vanilla undertones. Drink or hold. ~94 James Suckling

A certified organic wine, the Castello di Bossi 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione shows soft fruit richness with ripe cherry and blackberry backed by gentle tannins and rich textural support. This pretty, full-bodied Sangiovese is perfect for pairing with grilled meats or a winter stew. ~93 Robert Parker

Full-bodied and elegantly structured, this 100% Sangiovese, made with organically farmed grapes, has enticing aromas of violet, pipe tobacco, new leather, and camphor. On the savory palate, fine-grained tannins accompany dried cherry, blood orange, licorice, and mocha. Drink 2023–2028. ~93 Wine Enthusiast

Pure red bramble, crushed herbs and a bit of violet aromas. Harmonious palate with a refreshing acidity. ~90 Decanter

The team at Castello di Bossi makes this wine with a selection of the best Sangiovese from their 310 acres of vines in Castelnuovo Berardenga. It shows flavors of macerated red cherry and orange peel underlined by chalky tannins. The soft acidity makes it easy to drink on its own or with pasta and poultry dishes. ~90 Wine & Spirits

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