wine term. In general, "Classico" denotes that the wine hails from the "classic" area of production, vineyards
that have produced the same type of wine for years, even centuries
. This is opposed to the much larger DOC
areas which were appended
to the classic zones
by legislative fiat
in recent years.
Classico wines are generally considered to be superior to non-Classicos, especially in the case of Chiantis. However, I am led to believe that the term has little value in judging quality when it is used on Barolo wines.
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