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Fontodi Chianti Classico 2018


I always find Fontodi’s Chianti Classico to have impressive amplitude and weight, especially when you consider some of the skinny versions available. Like so many Italian varieties, you can never be to0 sure what you’re going to get. Great producers however, know who and what they are and the 2018 is magisterial. In fact I can’t remember tasting a better Fontodi. Expressive, with black fruits, thyme and kirsch.. Rich, no doubt benefitting from the warmth of the vintage, with a cutting freshness and vitality. Structured tannins, really firm and savoury and a nice foil to the sweet fruit. Benchmark stuff. Waters Wine Co.

Fontodi is one of Chianti Classico’s most impressive estates. Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards and cellar are immaculately tended. Giovanni’s organic 90 hectare vineyards, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime ‘conca d’oro’ (golden shell) of Panzano, giving wines of supreme elegance, intensity and longevity. The south facing vineyards and their natural amphitheatre shape allow the grapes to ripen fully.

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