Fontodi 2020 Chianti Classico

£28.70
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ITTURFOCC20B

Fontodi is one of Chianti's leading producers. Their vineyards are located in Panzano's amphitheatre-like Conca d'Oro (Golden Shell) which has a reputation of being the best zone in Chianti Classico having perfect exposure and elevation. The wines here are always elegant and refined, and we are particularly fond of their 2019 vintage which is 100% Sangiovese aged in French oak barriques from vineyards which are organic and biodynamic. This wine has an abundance of black cherry notes with fine grained tannins and vibrant acidity. Although delicious now, this will be one for the cellar as well.

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The Region

Tuscany

Tuscany

Tuscany is the region of Italy that most fine wine drinkers gravitate towards. It occupies much of Central Italy with a Tyrrhenian coast to the west and the Apennines to the east; it has both Mediterranean and continental climates.


The story of Tuscany begins with its significant black variety, Sangiovese, one of the most planted varieties in Italy, but here is its ancestral and spiritual home. Sangiovese makes up most of the blend of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, other DOC/Gs, and 100% of Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino.

Chianti Classico is the region between Florence and Siena and has been systematically polluted with foreign varieties such as Cabernet, Syrah and, God forbid, Merlot.

Now, we are seeing a return to more traditional blends as producers gradually move away from the Super Tuscan movement of the 1980s and 1990s.

In Montalcino, where only Sangiovese is permitted, producers have also shunned the illicit use of foreign varieties, and the wines have never been better. It was helped out by a good run of vintages, as well.

Elsewhere, there are still gems to discover. San Gimignano is home to the only major DOCG for white wines. Yet, the planting of its traditional variety, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, is on the wane, but not at the best producers who still champion this variety.

The Tuscan Coast is still the hotbed for innovation; unlike other bits of Tuscany, the international varieties thrive and make the best wines, with the occasional exception.

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Organic & Biodynamic Wines

Organic & Biodynamic WInes

All the wines listed in this section are organic or biodynamic to varying degrees. Here, we list the wine which are also in organic conversion (i.e. not completed the 3 year process), with each wine listing its status.

Biodynamic goes a little further than organic. It is an all encompassing philosophy which has at its heart the biodynamic composts and sprays with actions performed account to the biodynamic calendar of root, leaf, flower, and fruit days.

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