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Fontodi - Château La Clotte - Château La Clotte
Fontodi is nestled in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone just outside the town of Panzano, this leading Tuscan estate has been owned by the Manetti family since 1968. With 70ha of vineyards, all certified organic, Giovanni Manetti and his Cousin Marco are helped by consultant winemaker Franco Bernabei to produce some of Tuscany’s most awarded red wines. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine guide frequently recognises the wines with the top nod of Tre Bicchieri. Old vine fruit from south-western exposed vineyards at altitudes up to 400 metre above sea level provide the raw material for these much admired wines that undergo temperature controlled ageing in the estate’s bespoke winery built in 1998. The oak regime includes a mix of barriques and large barrels depending on the wine being made. The prized bottling, Flaccianello della Piave is the estate’s Supertuscan made with 100% sangiovese grapes from a single vineyard that is aged in French barriques. Made since 1981 this has staying power of 20 years or more. It is deeply coloured, intensely heady and perfumed, concentrated with dark fruit flavours and deliciously toasty from barrel age. This has won Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri many times over.