Castello di Fonterutoli

Ser Lapo Riserva Privata

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

An exclusive family selection

This important Riserva of Chianti Classico, produced in a limited number of bottles, comes from a selection made directly by the family to celebrate their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, "father" of the "Chianti wine" appellation (December 16th, 1398).

Appellation: Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13,35% vol.
Total acidity: 5,73‰
Vineyards location: altitude: 220 - 350 m. (722 - 1,148 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Medium texture, with loam and limestone
Vineyards age: 10 - 24 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 6,600
Harvest: Hand picked from September 27th
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C
Period of maceration: 15 - 18 days
Aging: 15 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 50% new)
Bottling: October 2014
Available on the market: April 2015
Production: 20,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml
First vintage: 2009
Aging potential: Over 10 years
Key descriptors: Strong structure, fresh, forest aromas, rich in tannins, strong and elegant
Food pairing: Pasta with game sauces and spices, stews, grilled red meats, aged cheese

Technical sheet


Perfect performance until the end of July / first week of August, given the high rainfall during the winter / spring which created excellent water reserves in the soil; the most critical moment was the middle of August to first week of September due to two extreme heat waves. Two providential rainfalls on July 27 and early September allowed the vines to resume their activities of synthesis of metabolites in the berries; further help came after the first week of September, by the sudden lowering of temperature in the evenings thus creating a greater temperature range.
The quality of the grapes from a health point of view was exceptional, given the almost total absence of rot. From the analytical and taste point of view, the grapes were very rich in sugars, but with great differences in the maturation and quality of the grapes is the diversity of "micro-terroirs".
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.25
End of the harvest: Sep.30
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 181 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3692°C
Evaluation: Good