Castello di Fonterutoli


Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Produced from Sangiovese grapes grown in vineyards with extremely different characteristics, this is the estate's second wine. It is remarkable for its complexity and elegance as well as its character, which perfectly displays the synergy of variety and terroir.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 13.60 % vol
Total acidity: 5.6 grams/liter
Location of vineyard: Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.) a.s.l.; west - southwestern exposure Badiola: 450 m.(1,476 ft.) a.s.l..; west - southwestern exposure Belvedere: 300 m.(920 ft.) a.s.l.; southestern – southwestern exposure
Training system: cordon trained, spur pruned
Harvest: hand picked from September 20th
Fermentation temperature: 29° C
Period of maceration: 18 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.)
Bottling: January 2003
Production: 200,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml. - 750 ml. - 1,5 l.


Silver Medal - "International Wine Challenge 2003" (Uk)
88/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
88/100 - "Alles Uber Wein" (De)
4 Stars - "vin & Mat" (Sw)
4 Grappoli - Guida AIS "Duemilavini 2004"
2 Bicchieri - Guida Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2004"
16.5/20 - "Gourmet" (Scandinavia)
15.5/20 - Guida de L´Espresso "Vini d´Italia 2004"


The winter was characterized by above average temperatures and normal rainfall. Spring was dominated by abundant precipitation and mild temperatures except for the last twenty days of April, which were marked by occasional frosts which affected the subsequent phases of the growing season and reduced overall production. Rainfall continued up to the month of July, after which a dry and very hot period followed up to mid-September. After an unstable three week period, a high-pressure system brought back sun and warm temperatures. The grapes were in extremely healthy condition at the time of picking despite the somewhat heavy precipitation of late September and early October, but with smaller quantities due to the spring frost and the hot summer period.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 293 mm (12 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3318°C
Evaluation: Outstanding