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Castello di Fonterutoli

The History
The history of the Mazzei family is closely linked not just to the history of winemaking in Tuscany, but to the political and cultural history of the entire region. The first documents that name the Mazzei family – originally from the winemaking area of Carmignano – date back to the early eleventh century.

Today, after almost six centuries, the family, under the guidance of Lapo, who oversees the property with the help of his sons, Filippo and Francesco, and Filippo’s son, Giovanni still devotes itself to winemaking, with an ongoing commitment to innovation and improvement while respecting tradition, family values and the natural environment.

The Estate
Located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti in the heart of the Chianti Classico, Castello di Fonterutoli has been owned by the Mazzei family since 1435. It still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country village: a cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the villa, built at the end of the 1500s where the medieval castle once stood.

Today, the estate boasts a total surface area of 650 hectares, of which 117 are devoted to specialized vineyards, divided between five areas: Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola, Belvedere and Caggio, located at between 230-500m above sea level with a south – southwest exposure, ideal for the perfect maturation of the grapes. The vineyards are largely planted with Sangiovese (36 carefully selected clones that are best suited to the four areas of production: Fonterutoli and Badiola, the higher areas, with clones giving aromas and elegance and the lower areas, Siepi and Belvedere, with clones that provide structure, intensity and longevity).

The soils are ‘Galestro’, a classic Tuscan shale, which has excellent drainage and encourages the vines to put down deep roots and ‘Alberese’, a compact, fine grained limestone marl. Yields are lower than 40 hectolitres per hectare from vineyards planted with over 7,000 vines per hectare, guaranteeing a high quality and a distinctive character, resulting in complex, elegant and structured wines.

In the vineyards, all processes are carried out by hand including harvest, which takes place at different times according to when the grapes reach optimum ripeness.

The Cellar
The cellar at Fonterutoli designed by family member and architect, Agnesi Mazzei, who also designed the Sassicaia barrel cellar, has been defined by Steven Spurrier as “the most impressive in the Chianti region”. Operational since 2006, the cellar has a minimal impact on the environmental, using gravity from the point of arrival of the grapes, a natural spring to control the temperature and humidity of the barrel cellar, and it produces its own clean energy by using the agricultural waste products as fuel.

The character of the wines of the Castello di Fonterutoli has been perfected over the years thanks to continual innovation, in harmony with the winery’s culture, history and heritage of technical expertise.

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Poggio Badiola 2015 — Castello di Fonterutoli

Poggio Badiola 2015

IGT Toscana

70% Sangiovese
30% Merlot

Tasting note

Attractive ruby red in colour, with lifted perfumes of plum and damson. The palate is full of lovely red berry fruit flavours with smooth, integrated tannins combining the finesse of Sangiovese with the structure and the smooth qualities of Merlot.

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Poggio Badiola 2014 — Castello di Fonterutoli

Poggio Badiola 2014

IGT Toscana

70% Sangiovese
30% Merlot

Tasting note

Attractive ruby red in colour, with lifted perfumes of plum and damson. The palate is full of lovely red berry fruit flavours with smooth, integrated tannins combining the finesse of Sangiovese with the structure and the smooth qualities of Merlot.

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Chianti Classico 2014 — Castello di Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico 2014

Chianti Classico DOCG

90% Sangiovese
10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot

Tasting note

A deep ruby/garnet colour. Perfumed nose of black cherry, bramble and spice with hints of tobacco. A rounded structure with ripe tannins, integrated acidity and a touch of spice on the long finish.

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Chianti Classico 2013 — Castello di Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico 2013

Chianti Classico DOCG

90% Sangiovese
10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot

Tasting note

A deep ruby/garnet colour. Perfumed nose of black cherry, bramble and spice with hints of tobacco. A rounded structure with ripe tannins, integrated acidity and a touch of spice on the long finish.

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'Ser Lapo' Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 — Castello di Fonterutoli

'Ser Lapo' Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Chianti Classico

90% Sangiovese
10% Merlot

Tasting note

Ruby garnet in colour with aromas of Morello cherry, spice, leather and cigar box. On the palate, Morello cherry shines through along with delicious savoury undertones and a touch of spice. Structured with fine tannins balanced with good minerality and acidity make for a food friendly wine with a rich, long finish.

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Concerto 2013 — Castello di Fonterutoli

Concerto 2013

Toscana IGT

80% Sangiovese
20% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 — Castello di Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

92% Sangiovese
8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino

Tasting note

A remarkable combination of intensity and elegance, this wine displays ripe red berry fruit, blackberry, blackcurrant, mocha, Morello cherry and a touch of liqourice alongside a muscular structure, fine tannins, balanced with pleasant acidity and a rich, long finish.

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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012 — Castello di Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

92% Sangiovese
8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino

Tasting note

A remarkable combination of intensity and elegance, this wine displays ripe red berry fruit, blackberry, blackcurrant, mocha, Morello cherry and a touch of liqourice alongside a muscular structure, fine tannins, balanced with pleasant acidity and a rich, long finish.

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'Siepi' 2013 — Castello di Fonterutoli

'Siepi' 2013

IGT Toscana

50% Sangiovese
50% Merlot

Tasting note

This single vineyard wine, from one the best vineyards on the property, shows an outstanding combination of intensity and elegance, displaying ripe black berry fruit, dark chocolate, mocha and spice notes. It is complex in structure with supple tannins, great concentration and a very long finish.

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'Siepi' 2012 — Castello di Fonterutoli

'Siepi' 2012

IGT Toscana

50% Sangiovese
50% Merlot

Tasting note

Siepi 2012 is a rich, bright wine. Its bouquet is impressively complex and elegant and it is fresh, full and intense in the mouth. It has firm tannins, perfectly balanced acidity and a robust structure, which indicates that this wine is likely to mature to perfection over the coming decades.

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'Mix 36' 2011 — Castello di Fonterutoli

'Mix 36' 2011

IGT Toscana

100% Sangiovese

Tasting note

Made from 36 clones of Sangiovese grown on the estate. Extremely elegant with fresh, red berry perfumes and typical Sangiovese notes of Morello cherry, leather and sweet spice. Extraordinarily complex and persistent, with supple tannins, balanced acidity and mineral notes – a wine of great finesse.

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'Philip' 2011 — Castello di Fonterutoli

'Philip' 2011

IGT Toscana

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting note

Dedicated to Philip Mazzei (1730-1816), an illustrious ancestor of the family, a passionate grape
grower, political thinker, and “worldly citizen”. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from each of the Mazzei’s estates, Philip is the quintessence of Tuscany. It embodies the “New World” spirit of Tuscan winemaking, the “revolutionary” character of Philip Mazzei, and expresses the family’s desire to pursue happiness. It is intense and rich, distinctly Mazzei and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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