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CASTELLO FONTERUTOLI CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAN SELEZIONE DOCG
Castello di Fonterutoli
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
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
The true essence of Castello di Fonterutoli, this “château” wine was first produced in 1995 and is a forerunner of the Gran Selezione category. It is sourced from 11 parcels surrounding the Fonterutoli hamlet, in the Chianti municipality of Castellina. Vineyard sites range from 420-510m a.s.l. on hills which benefits from cool, refreshing winds from the neighboring woodland and warming winds blowing off the Val d’Elsa. Soils are composed of rocky limestone with lots of chalk.WINEMAKING & AGEING
Six types of Sangiovese clones and eight 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 15-16 days prior to ageing.
Aged 18 months in French oak barrels (500L, 50% new), then finessed for four months in concrete tanks before bottling.TASTING NOTES
Beautiful combination of elegance, structure and minerality, with orange peel, red fruits and a touch of licorice. Pair with savory game dishes, stews, truffles and aged, strong tasting cheeses.