The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1969 but the Manettis have been in Chianti for centuries. Though they have always made wine, their primary business is still the production of Chianti’s finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone. Giovanni Manetti has run the wine-side since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards are immaculately tended. The 80 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime ‘Conca d’Oro’ (golden shell) of Panzano, and over the past six years these have been converted to organic viticulture. Giovanni is now following biodynamic principles to obtain the best quality fruit.
The Flaccianello Della Pieve is a selection of the estate's best fruit, presenting a darker expression of 100% Sangiovese. The five parcels span various soils types and exposures, and the youngest vines are 20 years old. Because the fruit selection is so detailed, the darkest and smallest clusters are carefully chosen. As a result, the fruit is rich and velvety in texture, with dark fruit and spice to the fore.
We are delighted to release for the sale the stunning 2015 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve, year in year out this is one the great wines from Tuscany.
2015 Flaccianello della Pieve, Tenuta Fontodi, Panzano, - £345 per six bottles in bond.
98 Points (Wine Advocate)
I'm hardly surprised to report that Fontodi's 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the best wines recorded in this report of new releases from Tuscany. This wine sits as tall and as proud as the Colosseum in Rome or the Pyramids of Giza in its undeniable glory and beauty. It would be impossible to exaggerate its many lasting attributes and qualities. Perhaps the most remarkable is the smooth and seamless nature of its many complicated moving parts. It produces abundant power, intensity and elegance as if this were the easiest accomplishment in the world. But we all know that's far from the truth. Despite the heat of the vintage, this wine is constructed with firm building blocks as if it were from a cooler year. That's the Panzano magic in a nutshell. This vintage is very young and tight, and you need to exercise patience to allow it enough time to evolve.
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