|Chianti classico board agrees on major revamp|
|Written by Gemma McKenna|
|Monday, 11 June 2012 10:23|
Chianti Classico is set for a major overhaul which will see the creation of a new icon level of wine above Riserva.
The Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico ratified measures to revamp the denomination; introducing new rules governing production, bulk wine and redesigning the bottle seal's distinctive black rooster logo.
Harpers reported that the Consorzio was meeting to discuss the issues back in May.
Outgoing president Marco Pallanti said: "I end my term with great results. An overhaul aimed at re-launching this prestigious denomination, definitely veered towards great quality".
The changes to production regulations were proposed to the assembly after more than two years' work by the consortium's board of directors and consultants.
"Endeavours aimed at having the consumer perceive the higher quality that our wines have achieved in recent years, enabling us to face future challenges with a set of regulations able to make Chianti Classico stronger with regard to growing international competition. Even the assembly's ruling on bulk wine, which now has to be certified before being marketed, should be interpreted from this standpoint.
He told Harpers: "It will take some time in order to make them applicable and some minor changes are going to be made during the final stages. Nevertheless I'm glad that a wine such as our Castello di Brolio will be now ‘inscribed' among those top wines of the new category of the appellation. For all these years it has sometimes been hard for me to explain that Castello di Brolio was much more than a Riserva."