'La Ghirlanda' Chianti Classico Riserva, Bindi Sergardi 2018
'La Ghirlanda' from Bindi Sergardi is a very high-quality Chianti Classico made from sangiovese and a small amount of complementary varietals. Aged in old oak barriques for 10-15 months, this is a complex and delightful wine with quality that belies its very affordable price point.
Chianti Classico is at the heart of the broader Classico region, and is where the best wines come from. It has its own separate DOCG (appellation) and symbol - the black cockerel, symbol of Florence in its battles with Sienna.
Decanters Steven Spurrier introduced me to the beautiful and hugely talented Alessandra, warmly recommending her wines at a wine fair some years ago. Steven was right. The Bindi Sergardi wines are quite exceptional; made from grapes from their vineyards outside Sienna that the family have worked since 1349, regularly scoring in recent vintages 93, 94, even 95 points.
Alessandra, the 23rd generation of her family, designed the striking labels, inspired by the painted coats of arms on the ceiling of her grandmothers bedroom.
How does the wine taste?
Has a lot more generosity and roundness than often found in Chianti. Very appealing red and black berry fruit with an aromatic, floral nose, and lots of flavour. Smart and stylish.
What do the critics say?
Here's an assessment of the previous vintages.
91 Points Wine Spectator
"This wine boasts aromas of fresh cherries with notes of wild herbs. The flavoursome palate is packed with rich, crunchy fruit supported by well structured tannins."
Dense and chewy with blackberry and chocolate character. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold. Score: 92 points (2015 vintage)