Classification: Chianti Classico DOCG
Made with different Sangiovese clones with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, this is the “Chateau” wine, the maximum expression of the very best vineyards. Elegance and strength perfectly blended, a wine with top-notch bloodlines. Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico is the estate’s flagship wine and most representative of Fonterutoli’s production. With its deep roots in the territory, it is a reference point for the whole of Chianti Classico.
- ITA - Tuscany
Winery Tasting Notes
90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deep ruby red in colour/
Generous aromatics of red fruits and spice, and feint herbal nuances.
The palate is full and rich in fruit yet with a fine tannic structure. It is an extraordinary combination of power and elegance through to the lingering finish.
This wine has excellent ageing potential
All vineyard work from pruning, leaf plucking, bunch thinning and harvesting is carried out by hand. The wines are fermented in cone-shaped stainless steel vats (at 30 degrees Celsius), which yield excellent colour extraction, sweet and elegant tannins and preserve the aromatic components of the wines. The wines are transferred to French oak barriques (100% new) following the alcoholic fermentation with the malo-lactic fermentation following immediately and remain there for 16 months (Sangiovese) and 18 months (Cabernet Sauvignon). The grape varieties are handled separately until the final assemblage made just prior to bottling. The personality of the Castello di Fonterutoli wines has been perfected over the years through constant research and innovation in complete respect of the estate’s culture, history, and accumulated technical experience.
Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) was the first Italian quality assurance label for wines in 1963, and in common with the French AOC, specifies the geographical area, permitted grape varieties and minimum alcohol level. It may also stipulate the production method, including minimum ageing.
Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines must meet all DOC requirements, must be bottled in the region of production, and are subject to a Ministry of Agriculture tasting. Each bottle will carry a numbered seal of approval.