Le Fonti - Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Panzano-in-Chianti, Italy (2016)
Elegant, succulent and vibrant, this is Sangiovese at its best. Complex aromas of plum, cherry, pepper, leather, earth and cedar open up to a rich and satisfying palate. Smooth tannins support a long, peppery finish.
Michael Godel, Wine Align: "Another outstanding effort and worthy of 20 plus years in the cellar." 95 points
The Gran Selezione Chianti Classico is pure Sangiovese made only in the best vintages with a selection of the best grapes. After fermentation, the wine was aged 24-26 months in 400-500L French oak tonneaux before bottling. The wine was then aged a further nine months in the bottle prior to release.
Le Fonti is farmed organically, and every aspect of production is done by hand. The estate is located within the hilltop village of Panzano, with vineyards in a stunningly beautiful amphitheatre facing up the valley toward Greve, and Firenze beyond. Vineyards are planted on a mixed soil of gravel, schist, limestone, sand and clay - a soil mixture also known as Galestro, and grape varieties are matched to the soil type and exposition that best suit the variety. This is a very well considered, carefully managed ‘boutique’ estate.
Panzano is one of the most prestigious villages of Chianti Classico, located within the Commune of Greve, and considered to be the 'Premier-Cru’ Chianti Classico village (although no such formal classification exists).
Region: Italy, Tuscany
Appellation: Chianti Classico
Practices: Organic, sustainable.