Castello di Fonterutoli knew quite early on that 2016 woudl be a golden year for Chianti Classico but Decanter World Wine Awards took it a step further and proved that it’s actually a platinum one!
Gionata Pulignani, Technical Director at Marcehsi Mazzei commented on the vintage: “At Castello di Fonterutoli 2016 was excellent for the ripening of Sangiovese. Mild and rainy winter and spring were followed by a warm summer that was never too hot. At the end of August and especially from the middle of September, greater diurnal temperatures created the ideal conditions for even and slow ripening of the bunches. The accumulation of aromatic molecules and polyphenols resulted in the great quality of the 2016 vintage.”
Giovanni Mazzei, 25th generation of winemakiing family Marchesi Mazzei, was very proud to announce that both his Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2016 and Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016 won two platinum awards at Decanter DWWA 2019!
Please find the tasting notes and the scores of each wine below:
Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2016: “This is a stunning wine with a complex cherry, prune, herbal, leather and balsamic bouquet. Excels on the concentrated and succulent palate, with lovely mouthfeel and lots of spicy, smooth, fleshy tannins, superfine acidity and great length. A classic gourmand style per eccellenza perhaps but remarkable from any angle.“, 97 points
Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016: “This is delicious! Finds a good gear and runs with it through to a lengthy finish. Seductive cherry, graphite, sweet spice and red forest fruit aromas flow onto a beautifully harmonious and complex palate, conveying a tender texture of dark cherry and plummy fruit that’s carried by perfectly pitched tannins. The flavours linger long in the mouth. It will make many red wine devotees swoon.” 97 points
2016 has been enthusiastically recieved by the Press:
“Another good vintage in Tuscany has produced wines with deep colour and impressive fragrance.“, Jancis Robinson
“Tuscany Enjoys a Promising Year.“, Bruce Sanderson
“Some of the best wines ever for Chianti Classico. Excellent quality, ripe fruit and silky tannins but with an energetic and focused backbone of vivid acidity.“, James Suckling
“The 2016s have the potential to surpass the 2015s. The 2016s are distinguished by their superb aromatic presence, silky tannins, layered fruit and fabulous sense of harmony. “, Antonio Galloni
Ser Lapo 2016 will be available after the Summer and Gran Selezione will be in the UK in August.
Please contact your Sales Manager or Effi Tsournava for further information.