75cl * 14% ABV * Organic * Practising Biodynamic * Tuscany, Italy
The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1968 but has been in Chianti for centuries, producing the finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. The same attention to detail on their terracotta has been brought to bear on Fontodi over the past 50 years, transforming a crumbling farmhouse with a few hectares of vineyard into one of Chianti Classico’s most impressive estates.
Fontodi's 99 hectares of south-facing vineyards sit at 450 metres above sea level in the Conca d'Oro, an amphitheatre-shaped valley to the south of Panzano. The Sangiovese used for the Fontodi Chianti Classico comes predominantly from 10-year-old vines, with a proportion of fruit from the same 25-year-old vines that produce 'Flaccianello', which is made with the estate’s best Sangiovese and fast becoming one of Italy’s most sought-after wine.
Deep ruby red in colour, Fontodi's Chianti Classico has aromas of ripe plum and sour cherry, with notes of tobacco and leather from oak ageing. On the palate, it has great depth of flavour, with juicy fruit and supple tannins giving way to a silky-smooth texture. This classic Chianti has superb structure and finishes with a fine mineral note.