Castello di Fonterutoli


Ser Lapo

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

The historic Chianti Classico

With this outstanding Chianti Classico Riserva, the Marquis Mazzei celebrate their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, author of the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine” (December 16th, 1398).
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.70%
Total acidity: 6.07‰
Vineyards location: Cornia: 250 - 330 m (820 - 1,080 ft) a.s.l. | Caggiolo: 290 - 350 m (950 - 1,150 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Cornia: Clay and limestone | Caggiolo: Calcareous Alberese with clay texture
Vineyards age: 15 - 30 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 12th
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 15 - 18 days
Ageing: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225/500 lt - 50% new)
Bottling: September 2020
Available on the market: January 2021
Production: 230000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
Cases: 6 bottles cardboard box (750 ml), single wooden case (1,5 lt)
First vintage: 1983
Ageing potential: Over 10 years
Key descriptors: Fresh, tannic, with aroma of berries, strong structure, earthy and intense taste

Technical sheet

Vintage

The 2018 vintage was characterised by a dynamic winter, with northern currents in December and February and a mild climate in January, with abundant rainfall, both of snow and rain, which offset the serious water deficit of the previous years. Spring brought about temperatures above the seasonal average together with abundant rainfall. The budding was early but showed no problems.
From 10 June on, temperatures started to rise again and, in the Chianti Classico area, the summer was good with uniform rainfall. July and August were as usual, while September was marked by a series of sunny days with a large temperature range between day and night, which allowed the grapes to reach the correct phenolic and aromatic ripeness. In short, this harvest was very satisfying harvest from a quantitative and, especially, a qualitative point of view.

Beginning of the harvest: September 12th
End of the harvest: October 8th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 491 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3666 °C
Evaluation: Very good