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Chianti Classico 2016
2016 was a phenomenal year for Chianti Classico, in fact it was the Wine Advocate’s highest ever rated vintage for the region. That makes the top wines – like this one – must-haves.
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2016 was awarded 92 points by wine critic and Italian expert James Suckling, who praised its “tangy and pretty fruit”, as well as its “vivid finish”. Fonterutoli is owned by Mazzei, who were established in 1435, and their Chianti Classico is the estate’s bestseller. Made using Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot grapes from five of the best vineyard sites selected from some 120, it’s dense, muscular and packed with forest floor, ripe cherry fruit, orange peel and worn leather. Aged for 12 months in French oak, it has real longevity and will just run and run. As with all Chiantis, it’s extremely food friendly, so can be paired with almost anything but goes particularly well with tomato-based pasta dishes.
Fonterutoli is a small hamlet with stunning views of Siena. Like a village that time forgot, it feels like you’ve stepped back into the Middle Ages. When it comes to Chianti, legend tells of a dispute over who owned the region, Florence or Siena? To decide the boundary, both cities sent a knight out on horseback at cock’s first crow. Siena chose a well-fed, plump, prize-winning white cockerel. Florence opted for a malnourished, scrawny black cockerel. The latter woke early and hungry and the Florentine rider was almost all the way to Siena by the time his rival was roused by the white cockerel. The meeting point of the two riders is thought to have been at Fonterutoli.£3.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2883347
Style No.: 724046
Grapes: Sangiovese, Malvasia, Colorino
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.5%
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