Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016 | Stunning, Complex & Concentrated
With this outstanding Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016, the Mazzei family celebrates their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, author of the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine” (December 16th, 1398). Ruby red color with violet nuances. On the nose, bright aromas of fresh cherries mingle with notes of thyme and a subtle smoky character. Bright acid structure providing a lively quality. Cranberry, raspberry, and red cherry dominate with hints of leather, cedar, and cocoa powder. Some earthiness in the finish and ripe soft tannins.
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97 Decanter | This is a stunning wine with complex cherry, prune, herbal, leather and balsamic bouquet. Excels on the concentrated and succulent palate, with lovely mouthfeel and lots of spicy, smooth, fleshy tannins, superfine acidity, and great length. A classic gourmand style per eccellenza perhaps but remarkable from any angle.
95JS | Bright aromas of sliced cherries and hints of strawberries with some orange peel. Full body and super fine and ripe tannins. They melt into the wine. Delicate yet energetic. Crisp finish.
Ser Lapo Mazzei – the origins of Chianti
So, the first documented reference to Chianti as a production region is found in correspondence from 16 December 1398. Documented most noteworthy between Ser Lapo Mazzei “the keen notary” and Francesco Datini, “the merchant from Prato”.
A long-lasting bond unites the Mazzei family with Tuscany and wines since the XI century.
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Ser Lapo Mazzei is the author of the first known document to use the “Chianti” denomination in 1398; in 1435, when his granddaughter Madonna Smeralda Mazzei married Piero di Agnolo di Fonterutoli, the holding became part of the family’s estate. Since then, for 24 generations, the Mazzei family produces wine at Castello di Fonterutoli. Even after its recent expansion still remains the beating heart of the company.
Mazzei family – Our past is our future
For more than six hundred years, the Mazzei family produces unique wines with spirit and passion renewed from generation to generation.
At Fonterutoli, as well as at Belguardo and Zisola, resides the same philosophy that aims to promote local vine varieties. Most of all as an expression of the identity of the region, in respect of diversity and nature. In addition, via sustainable agriculture and improvements mindful of the delicate hydro-geologic balance. Hence, to prevent soil erosion and maximize water reserves in the region. As a result, being able to hand the land intact to future generations.