Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia A Passignano 2019

Antinori - Badia a Passignano

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Tasting Notes

Marchesi Antinori's 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano embraces a ripe fruit profile with sweet cherry and baked plum. Fruit at the Badia a Passignano estate matures very nicely, Marchesi Antinori General Manager Renzo Cotarella tells me. He describes the 2019 season as having abundant rain in the spring and then showing heat that lasted for a good part of the summer. This estate has a total of 56 hectares of vines, but this bottle is born from a selection from 20 hectares. The wine offers sweet tannins, lots of dark cherry, spicy sensations, rich fruit weight and hints of salinity on the close.

Score: 94

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2022-2035 09 February 2023

The 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is packed with inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, leather and incense. Opulent and flamboyant to the core, the 2019 speaks in a loud, brash voice. There's a ton of richness, but less in the way of finesse. After many years of tasting this wine, I have to conclude the Badia is never going to be a particularly refined Chianti Classico. It's just not in its DNA. I tasted a wide range of wines with Renzo Cotarella this year, including a number of hugely promising 2021s. Tignanello and Solaia are notable, but once again, what increasingly impresses me most is the quality Antinori routinely achieves with their entry-level offerings.

Score: 92

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2024 - 2034 01 July 2022

Lots of violets and blue fruit, as well as black cherries on the nose. Full-bodied with slightly chewy tannins. Rich and layered. Yet, the tannins are long and intense. Drink after 2023.

Score: 93

James Suckling, Maturity: 2023+ 08 June 2022

A dense, rich red highlighted by black cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavors, with flashes of vanilla and toasty oak underscored by mineral and wild herbs. Features fine balance and texture. A tannic structure emerges on the earth-tinged finish, suggesting this will need another 2-3 years before it hits its stride. One for the cellar. Best from 2025 through 2043. From Italy.—B.S.

Score: 95

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator 30 November -0001