2018 Pagliarese Chianti Classico

93 Points James Suckling
In stock
A gorgeous new Chianti from an ancient estate. The Pagliarese family have almost a millenia of history after moving to the Tuscan countryside in the 1200s, when political winds in Siena turned against them. Modern tastes ultimately turned against them too. As one-time leaders in traditional Chianti style (where Sangiovese dominates but is blended with more rustic grapes) Pagliarese eventually lost their market appeal. Felsina took over the estate in the 1990s and have now re-released this label as a tribute to Pagliarese's classical reputation. A unique and charming offering, at this low price the Pagliarese Classico is a must-try for Tuscany-lovers.
$35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle


90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Mammolo.

Its Origins

Pagliarese is a historic Chianti Classico estate located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, nestled between Fèlsina and Castell’in Villa. In the 1960’s and 70’s, Pagliarese was, in fact, one of the most highly regarded estates in Chianti Classico. However, by the 1980’s, the property was in need of some investment, particularly in the vineyards. In 1995, the Poggiali family, owners of Fèlsina, bought the estate and set out to replant 28 of the 32 hectares using a massale selection from the oldest vines at the property. Starting with the 2015 vintage, the Poggialis decided to make their inaugural release from the estate. The range includes a Chianti Classico to be followed by a Riserva and a Vin Santo. Whereas Fèlsina is known for their 100% Sangiovese bottling, Giovanni Poggiali describes the hallmark at Pagliarese as being a “modernization of the old style.” While the wines at Paglierese are, of course, Sangiovese-based, they are also blended with small amounts of Canaiolo and Mammolo - two indigenous grapes to Tuscany that are perfect partners to blend with Sangiovese. Canaiolo can soften Sangiovese a bit and Mammolo adds floral and spicy notes when blended but neither dominates Sangiovese as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot often can.

What The Critics Say

93/100 James Suckling

"The cherries, citrus and flowers are really pretty here. It’s medium-bodied with a tight center palate and firm, racy tannins. Extremely lively at the end."

90/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni

"The 2018 Chianti Classico is fresh, vibrant and ethereal. A wine of tremendous character, the 2018 is not obvious in any way, but it does offer tremendous appeal for readers who enjoy classically built wines. Sweet red cherry, cedar, tobacco, dried flowers and pine are all nicely layered. There is something incredibly retro about the Pagliarese Chianti Classico that harkens back to another era. I loved it." Drink 2022 - 2033

Variety Sangiovese
Region Tuscany
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2033

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with GAME
with PORK



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