BADIÒLA CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAN SELEZIONE DOCG

Castello di Fonterutoli

APPELLATION

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Sangiovese

WINEMAKERS

Mazzei Family

TECHNICAL DATA

Alcohol
13.57%

2017

96POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
JULY 2020
2017

94POINTS

Wine Advocate
AUGUST 2020
BACKGROUND

Castello di Fonterutoli is an historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family since 1435, covering 26 generations. This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars.

“Gran Selezione,” the newest designation, requires only estate grown fruit, stricter technical and sensory parameters and minimum 30 months ageing.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Badiòla Chianti Classico Gran Selezione comes from vineyards below a small Romanic parish known as “Badiòla,” in the Chianti municipality of Radda. Located on hillsides 470-570m a.s.l., the vines benefit from fresh, ventilating winds. Temperatures here are lower than any other estate vineyard, indicating later ripening and harvest around mid-October. Soils are mostly characterized by well-draining schist and sandstone, which impart softness to the wine.

WINEMAKING & AGEING

Three types of Sangiovese clones and three estate massal selection plantings are used for blend. Handpicked grapes undergo fermentation in stainless steel, conical trunk vats at 78.8° - 82.4° F. Grapes macerate for 17 days prior to ageing.

Aged 16 months in French oak barrels (500L, 30% new), then finessed for five months in concrete tanks before bottling.

TASTING NOTES

Elegant and fresh, with scents of red fruits and wild berries. Great match for pot roasts, mushrooms and hard, strong-flavored cheese.

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