Castello di Fonterutoli

Vicoregio 36

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

The Sangiovese Avantgarde

The quintessence of our research on Sangiovese at Castello di Fonterutoli resides in an experimental vineyard, planted in ideal pedoclimatic conditions for Sangiovese: 36 different biotypes of Sangiovese, including 18 massal selections coming from our old vineyards. A cutting edge agronomical project creates a pure-bred Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese from 36 biotypes
Alcohol: 13.83%
Total acidity: 6.10‰
Vineyards location: Castelnuovo Berardenga, "Vicoregio": 330-350 m (1,080-1,150 ft) a.s.l.; S/E, S, S/W exp.
Soil: "Alberese" Limestone and clay, very rich in texture
Vineyards age: 15 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.800 - 6.660 plants
Harvest: Hand picked September the 28th
Vinification: In french oak barrels (500 lt)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 20 days
Ageing: 18 months in french oak barrels (500 lt, 50% new)
Finissage: 4 months in concrete tanks
Bottling: January 2020
Available on the market: July 2020
Production: 6500 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2008
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Intensity, colour deepness, strong and bright bouquet
Food pairing: Spiced roast meats, stewed game, aged cheeses, mushrooms and truffles

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