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: 13.50%
Total acidity: 5.77‰
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 August 29th
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 2019
Available on the market: February 2020
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


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