Ricasoli “Ceniprimo” Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione 2018


“This is amazing Chianti Classico. Perhaps the greatest I have ever tasted. The aromas are so complex with crushed cherries, sour cherries, peaches, bark and hints of meat. Incredible finish with such intensity and beauty. Hard not to drink, but one for the cellar. Best after 2024.” – James Suckling (100/100)

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 Ricasoli “Ceniprimo” Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione 2018 (Tuscany)

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Overall, we can state that 2018 was a complex harvest due to the climate trends, which tended to be more humid than average in the past, but with excellent summer temperatures and a very dry period in the months of September and October.

Planted in: 1998
Surface Area: 6,35ha
Altitudine: 300 m s.l.m.
Exposure: South-Ovest
Density: 5952 plants/ha
Training: spurred cordon
Clones: Sangiovese VCR23, VCR5, R24
Rootstock: 420A

Soil: This Cru grows on the great valley of the River Arbia, in the southernmost part of the property. The soil, very distinctive and complex, originates from an ancient river terrace dating back to the Pliocene-Pleistocene epochs. These are silty deposits, little evidence of stone, with the presence of clay, a little limestone and poor in organic matter.

Harvest: The grapes of CeniPrimo vineyard were hand-picked on October 5, 2018.

Winemaking: Fermentation temperature 24-27°C with daily punching. Duration of fermentation and maceration on the skins about 14-16 days.

Ageing: 22 months in 500-litre tonneaux of which 30% new and 70% second passage.

Bottling: February 19, 2021

Alcohol: 14,50% vol      Total acidity: 6,06 g/L
ph: 3,35                          Non-Reducing Extract : 26,87 g/L
Total Polyphenols (in Gallic acid ): 2160 mg/L


James Suckling 2021 100/100
WinesCritic.com 2021 99/100
The WineHunter Award 2021 Gold
Faccino Doctor Wine 2022 98/100
Wine Spectator 2021 90/100
Vinous, Antonio Galloni 2021 91/100

Additional information

bottle | case (5% discount)

bottle, case (5% discount)

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