The Mazzei family has been producing wine since the eleventh century in Tuscany. Ser Lapo Mazzei is in fact known for having been the first to draw up a document in 1398 for the denomination of “Chianti”; subsequently, in 1435, his niece Madonna Smeralda Mazzei marries Piero Agnolo da Fonterutoli and thanks to the union, the Castle becomes part of the family heritage. Today the family has even reached the 24th generation of winemakers. Another key figure in the history of the family is Filippo “Philip” Mazzei, a close friend of Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin among others. Today the company is led by Lapo Mazzei, Cavaliere del Lavoro and president of the Chianti Classico Consortium for over 20 years, and his sons Filippo and Francesco.
The grapes come from 3 different areas within the vineyards of the estate, with an altitude ranging from 250 to 550 m a.s.l.. The harvest is usually done by hand starting from mid-September; fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature and lasts for 16-18 days including maceration. Aging is 18 months in 500 liter French oak barrels (50% new). It then rests for another 3 months in the bottle.
Intense ruby red color tending towards garnet. On the nose typical Sangiovese notes of cherry, raspberry and currant, with gaggiolo, violet and rose petals, black pepper and cloves in a very elegant sequence. Fresh, balanced, soft and delicate on the palate, rightly alcoholic and medium-bodied; brighter tannins, lively acidity and a pinch of sapidity. Final of decided persistence and elegance.
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico is one of the emblems of this region and of this type of wine, so representative of the territory. The result of centuries of experience of the Mazzei family in the field of wine, it lends itself to pairing with rich and spicy dishes, game, stews, truffles, aged cheeses