2019 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino BIO
Fontodi's brand new Terrazze San Leolino Gran Selezione is a stunner. San Leolino was recognized locally as a cru site 200 years ago. The recently renovated terraces are located at an altitude of 450 meters in Panzano but - unlike Fontodi's Vigna del Sorbo, which is characterized by Galestro - the soil here is calcareous. Although recently bottled, it is already very accessible with its earthy, stony, mineral-like aromas. Elegant yet deep, the palate shows rose, red cherry and present but very fine grained tannins, ending with a spicy saltiness. It can certainly use some bottle aging, although from the 3 icons (Flaccianello, Vigna del Sorbo) it is most accessible in its younger years.
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The Azienda Agricola Fontodi is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, south of the town of Panzano. This region has been famous for viticulture for centuries, thanks to the unique combination of elevated cultivation areas, lime and loam soil, lots of sun hours and the fantastic microclimate: warm and dry and with a big difference between day and night temperature.
Fontodi has been in the possession of the Manetti family since 1968, who is advised by the renowned oenologist Franco Bernabei. The Fontodi winery now has an organic certificate and is 130 ha. large, of which about 70 are planted with grapes. In the center of the winery grows the Sangiovese, which Giovanni and Marco Manetti have developed to breathtaking perfection. There are also French grape varieties such as Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Just like so many big names at the top of wine growing, Fontodi has applied the fruitful combination between organic cultivation and the most modern cellar technology and has therefore become one of the most sustainable wineries in Tuscany. To date, Fontodi wines have brought in 19 times the coveted three glasses of the Italian wine bible Gambero Rosso. Fontodi is undisputedly one of the 10 best wineries in Tuscany! In the last 17 editions of the Gambero Rosso it has received a score of 'Tre Bicchieri' no less than 13 times. The highest possible.
|Available as of||Dec 19, 2022|
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||95|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch|