Castello di Fonterutoli


Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

High-altitude Gran Selezione

This Chianti Classico Gran Selezione comes from the vineyards overlooked by the small Romanic parish known as "Badiòla", in the Radda in Chianti municipality. The vineyards are among the highest in altitude in Chianti Classico and benefit of an especially fresh climate.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese: 3 clones + 3 estate massal selections
Alcohol: 13.57%
Total acidity: 6.40‰
Vineyards location: Radda in Chianti, "La Badiola": 470-570 m (1,540-1,870 ft) a.s.l.; S/E, S/W exp.
Soil: Mainly "Galestro" (Limestone) and "Arenaria" (Sandstone), with miscellaneous texture
Vineyards age: 16 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6.660 plants
Harvest: Hand picked October the 3rd
Vinification: In stainless steel trunk-conic vats
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 17 days
Ageing: 16 months in french oak barrels (500 lt, 30% new)
Finissage: 5 months in concrete tanks
Bottling: January 2020
Available on the market: July 2020
Production: 3000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2017
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Great elegance and freshness, wild berries and red fruit notes
Food pairing: Pot roasts, game, mushrooms and seasoned cheese

Technical sheet


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