A juicy, joyous Chianti

2017 Chianti This is one of the juiciest, most joyous and finest value Chiantis I have tasted in years, says Matthew Jukes.

937_MW_P00_Wine

2017 Chianti, Colli Senesi, Campriano, Tuscany, Italy£12.90, reduced to £11.45 each by the case, Haynes Hanson & Clark, 020-7584 7927, hhandc.co.uk

Picture the scene secret agent James Bond and arch enemyLe Chiffre, sitting oppositeeach other as the stakes raiseever higher in the memorable poker scene in Casino Royale.007 carefully studies LeChiffre's face for signs of the"tell" that indicates he is bluffing.Or is he? I love this film and in particular those personal ticksthat give away how others are truly feeling.

I first tasted this wine in a line-up of bottles with Jim Eustace, managing director of wine emporium Haynes, Hanson & Clark. I never judge a wine by its label, preferring to zone in on the flavour. That way, I can be sure that it is the contents of the bottle that have stood up to my rigorous assessment rather than the artwork! However, as Jim poured this glass for me I spotted a nigh on imperceptible curve in the corner of his mouth which grew and grew.

Try as he might, he couldn't stifle a smile, which rapidly turned into a grin. I didn't have to be a clairvoyant to figure out that he had a bit of a thing for this newly arrived vintage.

Now, this is a man who doesn't give anything away and so I knew that '17 Campriano was special and, of course, it is. This is one of the juiciest, most joyous and finest value Chiantis I have tasted in years. Daniel Craig needs to pour this wine next time he fancies a game of poker, too.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com).

Recommended

The top festive tipples
Wine

The top festive tipples

MoneyWeek wine columnist Matthew Jukes rounds up the best wines for your Christmas meals.
13 Dec 2019
Wine of the week: an opinionated shiraz from the Clare Valley
Wine

Wine of the week: an opinionated shiraz from the Clare Valley

This inky and powerful Australian red comes with one of the most affordable price tags for a wine of this build-quality. 
23 Oct 2020
Wine of the week: a mind-blowingly exciting aperitif
Wine

Wine of the week: a mind-blowingly exciting aperitif

This riesling is a bargain and a beauty. And at a sniff under 20 quid, it is positively irresistible.
16 Oct 2020
Wine of the week: one of the greatest grenaches
Wine

Wine of the week: one of the greatest grenaches

This very serious Australian red tastes like nothing else made from Grenache, says Matthew Jukes.
2 Oct 2020

Most Popular

Why commodities could be the best investment for 2021
Commodities

Why commodities could be the best investment for 2021

There’s plenty for investors to worry about right now. But things will inevitably recover. And the sector most likely to do best when they do, says Jo…
22 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
Buying bitcoin could be the best way to play the remote working boom
Bitcoin

Buying bitcoin could be the best way to play the remote working boom

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the move to home working, flexible employment practices and the rise of the “digital nomad”. One of the best …
21 Oct 2020