TOP TIPPLE - Es Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 (Asda, £7.98)

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ITALIAN wine has been a bit of a minefield and it's difficult to find easy drinkability at a reasonable price but a new wave of winemakers seem to be addressing that.

Chianti classico is light and fresh (released a year after the vintage) and riserva is aged for an obligatory two years.

There are some good Tuscan wines to try at the moment and this aged variety has depth and quality.

It's an elegant red made with sangiovese grapes. It's sweet, ripe with blackcurrants and a delicious partner with lasagne or antipasti.

Well worth that extra couple of quid.

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