Castello di Fonterutoli

Castello Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Gran Selezione since 1995

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.

Appellation: Chianti Classico Docg
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13,70 % vol.
Total acidity: 5,55 ‰
Vineyards location: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft.) a.s.l.; south - southwestern exposure Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.) a.s.l.; west - southwestern exposure Belvedere: 300 m.(920 ft.) a.s.l.; southestern–southwestern exposure
Soil: limestone
Vineyards age: 12 - 25 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,600
Harvest: hand picked from September 22nd (Sangiovese), and from September 14th (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C
Period of maceration: 15 - 18 days
Aging: Sangiovese: 16 months in small french oak barrels (225 l / 70% new) Cabernet Sauvignon: 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 l / 70% new)
Bottling: July 2008
Refining in bottle: 8 months
Available on the market: April 2009
Production: 80,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l - 3 l
First vintage: 1995

Wine Spectator - 91 pts
James Suckling - 93 pts
Robert Parker - 90 pts
Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts
Decanter - 4 Stars


At harvest time the grapes, concentrated and rich in sugars, showed an exceptional level of physiological ripeness. The musts, very elegant, were deeply colored, rich in tannins, and with complex and spicy aromas.
Spring, up until the end of May, was fairly humid and with temperatures slightly below seasonal averages; June and July were dry months, and the weather in July was particularly hot. The final two months of ripening were characterized by notable temperature swings from nighttime to daytime and prolonged periods of very low humidity, both factors which contributed to an exceptional ripening of the grapes both from the physiological and from the analytical point of view. The harvest began with the Merlot grapes during the first ten days of September and concluded between October 10th and 20th with the picking of the estate's Sangiovese.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 367 mm (14.4 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4155°C
Evaluation: Outstanding