Castello Fonterutoli ‘Ser Lapo’ Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

Producer Information

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. Over 6 centuries ago Ser Lapo Mazzei was the first, in 1398, to compile a legal record , where “Chianti wine” was formally mentioned as a denomination. 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: Altitude: 250 – 330 m.a.s.l.
Soil: Medium texture, with loam and limestone
Vineyard age: 10 – 30 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Vine Density: 4.500 – 7.500 plants


Fermentation temperature: 26 – 28 °C
Maceration: 15 – 18 days
Ageing: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225/500 lt – 50% new)
Bottling: February 2018
Formats: 750 ml – 1,5 lt

Vintage Information

“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.”

Castello di Fonterutoli

Harvest: Hand picked from September 22nd

Tasting Note

Fresh, tannic, with aroma of berries, strong structure, earthy and intense taste

Food Pairing

Pasta with game sauce, stews, grilled red meats, mid-aged cheeses

Serving Suggestion

Ageing potential: Over 10 years


Decanter: 97 POINTS, Platinum Award Decanter World Wine Encounter

“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.“

Chianti Classico
90% Sangiovese
10% Merlot

Natural Cork
6.00 g/l

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