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3 Cru, 3 UGA, 3 Gran Selezione

Complexity through diversity

Historically, the vineyards of Castello di Fonterutoli lie on the territory of three conterminous Municipalities: Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga and Radda in Chianti.

Since the 2017 vintage the Mazzei family decided to be ahead of the times focusing its attention on the peculiarities of their terroirs to create 3 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.

Starting from July 1st 2023, with the release of vintage 2020, the Additional Geographical Units (UGA) are operative.

"The territory makes the difference" - affirms the President of the Consortium, Giovanni Manetti - "Wine reflects the territory like a photographic image and this is why it is so important to preserve itsenvironmental context and landscape, and be able to tell the consumer about it".

Castello Fonterutoli
Vicoregio 36
Badiòla

UGA

Castellina
Castelnuovo Berardenga
Radda

Exposure

S, S/W
S/E, S
S/E, S/W

Altitude

470 m a.s.l.
330 m a.s.l.
570 m a.s.l.

Soil

Limestone rocky soil lots of chalk very rich in background
Mix of Limestone good component of Clay abundant chalky structure
Mostly Schist and Sandstone

Castello Fonterutoli: microclimate

Very balanced thanks to the combination of the fresher medium-high hilly area climate and the vineyards location, facing the Val d’Elsa, warmer area able to mitigate the above site. Large range of temperatures between the day and the night, due to the contrast between the day heat and the fresh currents blowing from the woods overlooking the vineyards during the night.

Vicoregio 36: microclimate

This vineyard is located on a whole-day very well radiated plateu and it is characterized by huge day/night temperature fluctuations. In the summer days temperatures are slightly above the average in the area; in the night the minimum average temperatures are 2,5 °C lower than in the other Estate plots. This temperature decrease is due to the ventilated channel that forms during the night.

Badiòla: microclimate

Located on the high hills, in the internal area of Chianti Classico which in the summer time benefits from fresh currents. The average temperatures recorded at Badiola are the lowest of the whole Estate, with consequent delay in the sprouting phase, later ripening and harvest around mid-October.

Vintage 2020

The winter of 2020 was cold with moderate rainfall. It was followed by a cool spring with sufficient and well-distributed rainfall, and a long, hot summer with significant temperature fluctuations between day and night. These favorable conditions allowed for an ideal completion of the grape maturation process, which was also in excellent condition from a phytosanitary defense perspective.

The climatic pattern of consistent temperatures and well-spaced rainfall resulted in a highly satisfying harvest, marked by the excellent quality of the grapes. Thanks to their thick skins and optimal phenolic ripening, the grapes which combine fullness and structure with balance and freshness.

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