Fonterutoli is located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti (Siena), on the hills facing the Val d’Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti Classico. 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 comprises 117 hectares of vineyard, largely planted with Sangiovese with some Merlot, Colorino, Malvasia Nera and Cabernet Sauvignon vines also planted. The cellar at Fonterutoli, designed by architect, Agnesi Mazzei, is one of the most impressive in the region, and has a minimal impact on the environment.
Vineyard location: blend of 50 different parcels from the best single vineyards,
Selection: 36 clones of Sangiovese, 120 individual vinifications
Altitude: 220 – 550 metres above sea level
Soil: Alberese and Galestro (limestone)
Age of vines: 10 – 25 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
No. of vines per hectare: 4,500 – 7,500
Harvest: Hand picked from 1st October
Fermentation temperature: 26 – 28° C
Period of maceration: 15 – 18 days
Ageing: 20 months in small French oak barrels (225 and 500 litre / 60% new)
Bottling: February 2013
Grapes were hand picked starting from September 25th.
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.
Excellent with game, roasted meats, stews, truffles, mature cheese.
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
“Glossy, almost yoghurty black fruit. Plush, ripe and juicy on the palate with broad fruit flavours, well managed tannins. Great weight of blackberry fruit, well judged spicy oak and a lovely long savoury finish.” Platinum Medal
95 points, Best Red Chianti, Decanter World Wine Awards
“An essence of sweet cherry grounds the surrounding flavours of leather, iron, , spice and tobacco in this firm red, which remains vibrand and refined. Bracing acidity and dense, mascular tannins, play out on the long finish. Drink now through 2028. 5,000 cases made”, 95 points, Highly recommended, B.S. Wine Specator
“The 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Castello Fonterutoli is an exceptionally balanced and smooth red wine that is the result of a complicated fruit-blending process. Some 36 biotypes of Sangiovese are used in the mix and are harvested from 120 single vineyard parcels with primarily Alberese and Galestro limestone soils. It is made from 92% Sangiovese, and 8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino. The bouquet offers bold cherry and plum with spice and soft tobacco.”, 94 points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino