Castello di Fonterutoli


Castello Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

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 11 parcels surrounding the Fonterutoli hamlet, in the Castellina in Chianti municipality. The real "Château" of the estate.
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": 420-510 m (1,380-1,670 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 hectare: 5.800 - 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked starting from September 22nd
Vinification: In stainless steel trunk-conic vats
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C °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 descriptors: Perfect combination of elegance, structure and mineral character
Food pairing: Savoury dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses

Technical sheet

Vintage

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