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Castello Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

$55.00 USD
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Castello Fonterutoli
Gardini Notes
97+ Pts
James Suckling
95 Pts
Falstaff
95 Pts
Decanter
92 Pts
Castello Fonterutoli
Castello FonterutoliChianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG
$55.00 USD

Gran Selezione since 1995

It's the wine that represents the essence itself of Castello di Fonterutoli estate. It was a forerunner, in 1995, of Gran Selezione category; it's a Cru of Sangiovese coming from the best parcels surrounding the Fonterutoli hamlet, in the Castellina in Chianti municipality. The real "Château" of the estate.

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

100% Sangiovese: 6 clones + 8 estate massal selections

Alcohol

13.50%

Total acidity

6.00%

Vineyards location

Castellina in Chianti, "Fonterutoli": 470 m (1,540 ft) a.s.l.; S, S/W exposure

Soil

"Alberese" and limestone, extremely rich in texture

Vineyards age

25 - 30 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.800 - 7.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked September 30th

Vinification

In stainless steel trunk-conic vats

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C

Period of maceration

15 - 16 days

Ageing

18 months in french oak barrels (500 lt, 50% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

December 2021

Available on the market

July 2022

Production

60.000 bottles

Formats

375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt

First vintage

1995

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Perfect combination of elegance, structure and mineral character

Food pairing

Savoury dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses

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Awards

Gardini Notes

97+ Pts

Winescritic.com

97 Pts

James Suckling

95 Pts

Falstaff

95 Pts

Doctor Wine

94 Pts

Decanter

92 Pts

Vinous

91 Pts

Vini Buoni d'Italia

4 Stars

Harvest

The 2019 harvest recalled the great vintages of the 1980s. This was a 'classic' year, with nature and nurture coming together to create something truly exceptional. Winter temperatures were below average and rainfall was low, with unusually warm weather at the end of February. However, stormy squalls through spring and late into summer replenished the water table and made up for the lack of winter rainfall. They also slowed down plant development in the early stages.
The summer was consistently hot, but without extreme temperatures or excessive rainfall. September continued fine, with a significant range in diurnal temperatures.
No pathogens compromised the excellent health of the grapes. Bud fruitfulness was within the norm and the good condition of the foliage showed just how well balanced the plants were in this extremely fine year.
By harvest time the grapes were perfect, thanks to the prevailing climatic conditions and the leaf removal which was carried out in early September. Both these factors contributed to optimal ripening of all grapes across our various production zones.

Beginning of the harvest: September 4th
End of the harvest: October 17th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 590 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3580 °C
Evaluation: Outstanding

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

100% Sangiovese: 6 clones + 8 estate massal selections

Alcohol

13.83%

Total acidity

6.11%

Vineyards location

Castellina in Chianti, "Fonterutoli": 470 m (1,540 ft) a.s.l.; S, S/W exposure

Soil

"Alberese" and limestone, extremely rich in texture

Vineyards age

25 - 30 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.800 - 7.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked September 20th

Vinification

In stainless steel trunk-conic vats

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C

Period of maceration

15 - 16 days

Ageing

18 months in french oak barrels (500 lt, 50% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

January 2021

Available on the market

July 2021

Production

63000 bottles

Formats

375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt

First vintage

1995

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Perfect combination of elegance, structure and mineral character

Food pairing

Savoury dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses

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Awards

Gardini Notes

97+ Pts

Winescritic.com

96 Pts

Falstaff

95 Pts

Doctor Wine

94 Pts

Decanter

94 Pts

James Suckling

94 Pts

Decanter World Wine Awards

93 Pts

Wine Advocate

93 Pts

Vinous

92 Pts

Decanter

92 Pts

Wein.plus

92 Pts

Wine Spectator

92 Pts

Bibenda

5 Grapes

Vini Buoni d'Italia

4 Stars

Vitae

3 Vines

Gambero Rosso

2 Glasses

Harvest

The 2018 vintage was characterised by a dynamic winter, with northern currents in December and February and a mild climate in January, with abundant rainfall, both of snow and rain, which offset the serious water deficit of the previous years. Spring brought about temperatures above the seasonal average together with abundant rainfall. The budding was early but showed no problems.
From 10 June on, temperatures started to rise again and, in the Chianti Classico area, the summer was good with uniform rainfall. July and August were as usual, while September was marked by a series of sunny days with a large temperature range between day and night, which allowed the grapes to reach the correct phenolic and aromatic ripeness. In short, this harvest was very satisfying harvest from a quantitative and, especially, a qualitative point of view.

Beginning of the harvest: September 12th
End of the harvest: October 8th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 491 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3666 °C
Evaluation: Very good

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

100% Sangiovese: 6 clones + 8 estate massal selections

Alcohol

13.80%

Total acidity

6.20%

Vineyards location

Castellina in Chianti, "Fonterutoli": 470 m (1,540 ft) a.s.l.; S, S/W exposure

Soil

"Alberese" and limestone, extremely rich in texture

Vineyards age

25 - 30 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.800 - 7.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked September 22nd

Vinification

In stainless steel trunk-conic vats

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C

Period of maceration

15 - 16 days

Ageing

18 months in french oak barrels (500 lt, 50% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

January 2020

Available on the market

July 2020

Production

40000 bottles

Formats

375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt

First vintage

1995

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Perfect combination of elegance, structure and mineral character

Food pairing

Savoury dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses

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Awards

Decanter World Wine Awards

97 Pts

James Suckling

96 Pts

Falstaff

95 Pts

Doctor Wine

95 Pts

Decanter

93 Pts

I Vini di Veronelli

93 Pts

Wine Advocate

93 Pts

Wine Spectator

92 Pts

Vinous

92 Pts

Wine Enthusiast

90 Pts

Vini Buoni d'Italia

4 Stars

 
Harvest

The 2017 harvest was unparalleled thanks to climatic events which followed one another in an unusual and extraordinary way.
After a frost on 20 April, in spring and summer there was little rainfall and summer temperatures reached high peaks, thus leading to water stress, with a reduced swelling of the grapes and a clear drop in the weight of the bunches in general.
The harvest began well in advance on the earliest vines. As regards Sangiovese, we courageously decided to wait for the September rains, when about 130 mm rain fell in 20 days together with a considerable lowering of the temperature (with minimum values dropping to 5 ° C), which gave a twist to the remaining grapes on the grapevines.
Therefore, the grapes had a heterogeneous quality, with peaks of excellence, a global level well beyond the expectations. 2017 is one of the classic vintages where the achievement of important results requires much experience and a careful management of each vineyard through the adoption of a customised approach to each parcel.

Beginning of the harvest: 21 August
End of the harvest: 28 September
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 257,6 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3638,45 °C
Evaluation: Good

Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

92% Sangiovese, 8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino

Alcohol

14.44%

Total acidity

6.12%

Vineyards location

Castellina in Chianti, "Fonterutoli": 470 m (1,540 ft) a.s.l.; S, S/W exposure

Soil

"Alberese" and limestone, extremely rich in texture

Vineyards age

15 - 30 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.800 - 7.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked September 23rd

Period of maceration

15 - 18 days

Ageing

20 months in small french oak barrels (225 and 500 lt / 60% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

November 2018

Available on the market

Luglio 2019

Production

67.000 bottles

Formats

375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt

First vintage

1995

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Great structure, complex dried flowers, bouquet, very rich and persistent

Food pairing

Savoury dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses

 

Awards

Decanter

97+ Pts

Falstaff

96 Pts

James Suckling

95 Pts

Wine Advocate

95 Pts

Doctor Wine

94 Pts

Wine Spectator

94 Pts

Wine & Spirits

93 Pts

Vinous

93 Pts

Wein.plus

92 Pts

Decanter

90 Pts

Vini Buoni d'Italia

4 Stars

Jancis Robinson

17 Pts

Harvest
Mild and rainy winter with temperatures above the seasonal averages; spring and early summer rainy as well. At the end of June the rain stopped and the temperatures rose, thus marking the beginning of summer on 21 June.

The summer was characterised by warm but generally not hot days, with changes in the temperatures during the day influencing the quality of the grapes. At the end of August and especially from the middle of September to the first week of October, greater changes in the temperatures between the day and the night have been observed, alongside with a long-term stability, thus creating the ideal conditions for the ripening of the bunches with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenols culminating with the great quality of the 2016 vintage.

Upon the harvest, the grapes were globally healthy and the refinement in the cellars proved the high quality of the grapes picked up.

Beginning of the harvest: 10 September
End of the harvest: 11 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 484.4 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,240.2°C
Evaluation: Outstanding
Technical sheet

Winery

Castello di Fonterutoli

Winery location

Chianti Classico, Toscana

Grape varieties

92% Sangiovese, 8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino

Alcohol

14.26%

Total acidity

6.01%

Vineyards location

Castellina in Chianti, "Fonterutoli": 470 m (1,540 ft) a.s.l.; S, S/W exposure

Soil

"Alberese" and limestone, extremely rich in texture

Vineyards age

15 - 30 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training and Guyot

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.800 - 7.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked September 30th

Fermentation temperature

26 - 28°C

Period of maceration

15 - 16 days

Ageing

20 months in small french oak barrels (225 and 500 lt / 60% new)

Bottling

December 2017

Available on the market

July 2018

Production

65.000 bottles

Formats

375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt

First vintage

1995

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Great structure, complex dried flowers, bouquet, very rich and persistent

Food pairing

Savoury dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses

 

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