Tuscany - Denominations, wine law and regulations - Chianti Subzones

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What is described in the Chianti Subzones law? Name a few.

  • Lower yields, therefore less production but higher quality. 56hl/ha
  • 7 subzones
  • Riserva: min 6 months oak ageing (Colli Fiorentina, Senesi, Rufina)
  • Chianti Rufina, the smallest
  • Chianti Colli Senesi, the largest
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Chianti Rufina DOCG is one of the subzones of Chianti DOCG, what is different?

  • Small
  • coolest due to altitude (350m) and descending winds from the Apennines (north side)
  • Style: high acidity, more fruit, capacity to age and develop complexity in bottle
  • Aristocratic estates (Frescobaldi)
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Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG is one of the subzones of Chianti DOCG, what is different?

  • The largest
  • Warmer than the others
  • Style: fuller body, richer wines
  • Min 75% sangiovese required, less cabernets
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