Defining Quality: Benchmark Chianti Classico

Defining Quality: Benchmark Chianti Classico

By Lewis Phiddian

Defining Quality: Benchmark Chianti Classico
Giovanni Manetti and Fontodi epitomize excellence in this part of Tuscany, consistently producing benchmark wines of the region. Their wines are essential for Chianti Classico enthusiasts and must-haves for any cellar.

Always in short supply and high demand, so be quick to snag one up!

Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristic “Terroir”, famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clay schist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate – warm and dry with a marked difference in day and night-time temperatures. - Importer

2021 Fontodi Chianti Classico 750ml - $119 (limited)

Note: This pure expression of Sangiovese sees 2 years in neutral wood and bottle before release. All certified organic

‘Subtle aromas of sliced strawberries and cherries with some orange peel follow through to a medium body with succulent tannins and a bright and tangy finish. Lovely energy in this one. So good now. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.’ 94 PointsJames Suckling,, Aug 2023

“Like the Filetta di Lamole, the Panzano Classico was also bottled quite recently and is to be released in the Spring of 2024. A full on expression of the Classico for Fontodi from a vintage of everything; substantial fruit, quality and quantity, acidity at peak, generosity and potential. What more does there need to be? About as full and classic as it gets for this stalwart and even just that wee bit of Panzano swarthiness that give these sangiovese their intrinsic and inherent character. Caught with spot on simplicity and poise. Drink 2024-2030. Tasted October 2023.”