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Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2015  - First Bottle

Reviews

95 James Suckling -
A powerful and very rich Gran Selezione with dense and rich fruit and polished, linear tannins. Shows impressive depth. Full-bodied, soft and chewy. One for the cellar. Drink or hold.
94 Wine Spectator -
A core of sweet, ripe fruit grabs your attention, featuring cherry, plum, leather, earth and spice notes. Powerful, with burly tannins. The long aftertaste echoes the fruit, earth and spice elements. Best from 2021 through 2035.
93 Falstaff -
Clear, rich ruby with fine garnet shimmer. Very vivid and intense nose of blackberry, pomegranate and dark cherry. Hearty and gripping initially, shows a lot of firm tannin, then a little restrained on the finish.
92 Vinous -
The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selzione IL Margone is broad and ample on the palate. Dark red and purplish berry fruit, spice, new lather, licorice and mint are all given an extra kick of concentration in the full-bodied Chianti Classico. I would prefer to give it few years to settle down.
91 Decanter -
Owned by American couple Frank and Judy Grace, Il Molino di Grace offers a Gran Selezione only in the best vintages. It's based first on the quality of grapes in the vineyard then crafted after tasting the various lots in the cellar. Well-endowed with new wood, Il Margone kicks off with grilled meat, clove and cinnamon notes. The oak is much more tame on the palate, framing black cherry and plum laced with menthol. Polished tannins provide a solid framework and lively acidity keeps this buoyant.

Technical Details

  • BlendSangiovese
  • WinemakerFrank Grace
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationChianti Classico
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic
  • Aging/Cooperage16 months in French barriques new and first used
  • Alcohol14.5%

Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2015

Sangiovese Blends  |  Italy
JS95, WS94, FS93, VN92, DC91

Certified Organic
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Il Molino di Grace is one of our favorite Tuscan finds, and we’ve been big supporters for years. A glorious estate and a family living their dream is attractive enough...but when the wines are this good? It takes things to a whole new level. 95 points for their top-of-the-line Chianti – perfectly aged and ready to drink!

Frank Grace is the rare American making world-class juice in Tuscany. He bought the property after falling in love with the region in the 90s, and the old vines and the fine soils near Panzano inspired him (and now his sons) to make the absolute best wines possible in the classic tradition (this wine is also certified organic!). They even ripped out the cabernet on the property to focus on the traditional 100% sangiovese. Truly, sensational wine is being made, and with this recent string of killer vintages, they have been off the charts.

This is their “Il Margone” Gran Selezione – a step higher than their Riserva, and the absolute pinnacle of their portfolio – the highest plots, the best lots, all lovingly aged for longer in new and once-used barrels for 30 months. 8 years young, this powerful Chianti is perfect now, or ten years from now. Treat this as you would a Brunello – the longer aging and greater influence of oak, combined with the structure obtained in their top lots, makes for a wine built to last. Add in the tremendous 2015 Tuscan vintage, and you have something special, indeed.

Definitely falls on the ripe, lush, warm, and wildly delicious side of Chianti. It’s so round and plush, rocking dried and fresh sweet cherry, strawberry preserves, rich dark cocoa, coffee bean, plum and berry pie, bay laurel, polished leather, and that fantastic, can’t-get-enough citrus oil note that we love about sangiovese. Super savory and long on the finish too, with a spice profile that carries the wine onward impressively for nearly a minute.

95 points, plus a whole slew of top scores, and glowing praise, from myriad critics...to us this is a sleeper pick for one of the top Chianti wines in all of 2015. It may have taken a few years longer to get there, but wow, is it singing here and now! At under $30, this is worth a six-pack, at least!

PAIRING IDEAS: Don’t overthink this one...pasta with meat (beef, pork, veal...all three), tomato-based sauce, lots of grated parmigiano-reggiano, a bit of basil, a drizzle of good olive oil...and you’ll be in heaven!

About the Producer

Savor the true essence of Tuscany with Il Molino di Grace! Situated in the breathtaking heart of the Chianti region, this winery captures the authentic charm of Chianti Classico, showcasing its stunning soil, delectable grapes, captivating climate, timeless tradition and innovative spirit. Step into the rich history of Il Molino di Grace, where a historic 19th century windmill stands proud over 20 hectares of vineyards, producing critically acclaimed Chianti Classico wines for over 350 years. And, with world-class sculptures adorning the grounds, you'll feel as though you've stumbled upon a true gem. The Frank Grace family, driven by their passion, dedicates themselves to preserving the cherished tradition of making spectacular Tuscan wines that marry the beauty of Tuscan terroir with the flavors of Sangiovese grapes. So, come raise a glass and celebrate the taste of Tuscany with Il Molino di Grace!