We are delighted to announce that our Italian range has performed superbly in the recent Decanter World Wine Awards.
“We have been working hard over the last few years to develop and broaden the Italian proposition within the MMD portfolio and are delighted to see our producers recognised and rewarded with these great results. As keen followers of Decanter magazine, we appreciate the publication’s commitment to identifying and awarding excellence in the wine world.”
Richard Billett, Managing Director Maisons Marques et Domaines
Castello di Fonterutoli performed exceptionally well, with their Gran Selezione 2013 being awarded a Platinum Medal and 95 Points. The wine was described as ‘glossy [with] almost yogurt black fruit. Plush, ripe and juicy on the palate with broad fruit flavours and well managed tannins. Great weight of blackberry fruit, well-judged spicy oak and a lovely long savoury finish’.
The Chianti Classico is a blend of 50 different parcels from Castello di Fonterutoli’s best single vineyards, including 36 clones of Sangiovese and 120 individual vinifications. The winery’s Chianti Classico 2014 and Ser Lapo 2013 also performed well, both being awarded 93 Points and a Silver Medal. The Chianti Classico, a blend of Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot, was described as having a ‘rich dark black fruit nose, with spicy oak and ginger, chunky but elegant palate with lovely floral black fruit and sweet spice’.
Ser Lapo, Castello di Fonterutoli’s Chianti Classico Riserva containing 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, was described by Decanter as having a ‘delicate, creamy nose with lovely red fruit. The palate is complex and structured with fresh crunchy fruit with hints of spice, tar and leather’.
Pio Cesare, established in 1881 and still owned by the same family, were praised for their single vineyard wines. The iconic Pio Cesare Barolo “Ornato” 2013 was awarded a Gold Medal and 96 Points, while the Barbaresco “Il Bricco” received a Silver Medal and 92 Points.
The Decanter judges described the single vineyard “Ornato” as having ‘pure fruit expression on the nose and palate. Finely integrated oak with ripe and gentle tannins. Tar and stony mineral hint on a long finish’. The Ornato is only created in outstanding years, made from a small quantity of Nebbiolo from three different plots within the vineyard to create a Barolo that reflects the characteristics of Serralunga soil, which is poor and compact, resulting in a wine of great structure and ageing potential.
The Il Bricco was praised for its ‘concentrated aromas, packed with dark cherry fruits, savouriness and a floral hint confirmed on the palate. Powerful and generous with a mineral, long finish’. Il Bricco is one of the price sites within the Barbaresco appellation situated in the cillage of Trieso, which produces wines with elegance, structure and longevity.
Please contact Effi to find out more about these award winning wines.