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% complementary varietals
Alcohol: 13.20%
Total acidity: 6.00‰
Vineyards location: Altitude: 250 - 330 m.a.s.l.
Soil: Clay/loam with medium texture and average presence of calcareous rocks/sandstones
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 22nd
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 2018
Available on the market: February 2018
Production: 175000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 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
Food pairing: Pasta with game sauce, stews, grilled red meats, mid-aged cheeses

Technical sheet


Mild and rainy winter with temperatures above the seasonal averages; spring and early summer rainy as well. At the end of June the rain stopped and the temperatures rose, thus marking the beginning of summer on 21 June.

The summer was characterised by warm but generally not hot days, with changes in the temperatures during the day influencing the quality of the grapes. At the end of August and especially from the middle of September to the first week of October, greater changes in the temperatures between the day and the night have been observed, alongside with a long-term stability, thus creating the ideal conditions for the ripening of the bunches with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenols culminating with the great quality of the 2016 vintage.

Upon the harvest, the grapes were globally healthy and the refinement in the cellars proved the high quality of the grapes picked up.

Beginning of the harvest: 10 September
End of the harvest: 11 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 484.4 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,240.2°C
Evaluation: Outstanding