Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve is a remarkable wine, made with consummate precision, it is powerful and elegant, age worthy and collectable. It is one of our favourite wines, not least due to the alluring price point. Drinking Fontodi feels like a clandestine act, simply because it has not yet entered the global pricing slip stream. That said it sells out on allocation every year and rises in price quickly once in bottle.
We are therefore excited to release the stunning 2013 Flaccianello today for £260 per case of six bottles, it has already been awarded a sensational 97 points from James Suckling. It is yet to be tasted by the Wine Advocate or Antonio Galloni, however the 2013 vintage could potentially equal or surpass the mighty 2010 and 2006. The exceptional vintage conditions in Tuscany have helped produce one of the finest Flaccianellos in years! To put this into perspective, the equal scoring 2008 trades at £360 per case of six and the 2006 at £480. Flaccianello remains well priced on release, but it is adjusting slowly to reflect the small production and ever growing global demand and recognition.
Fontodi is a Tuscan powerhouse known for synthesizing Italy’s traditional characteristics of Sangiovese with modern vinification techniques and this is represented brilliantly in their Chianti Classico. Fontodi Chianti Classico is the finest of its kind and the most highly regarded. It is the Chianti Classico to buy perennially, to be drunk and enjoyed with dinner, or on its own. Stylistically, Fontodi Chianti Classico is weightier than the Chianti paradigm, with more body and fruit focus. However, after a few years in bottle it takes on a Burgundian bravura, combining balance, finesse and power. We are delighted to be able to offer a case of six bottles for £84 in bond: at £14 per bottle in bond, this could be the best value for money to be found anywhere in Italy and perhaps the world.
The Truly Great Flaccianello
Flaccianello is made from 100% Sangiovese, eponymously named after the vineyard Flaccianello della Pieve. The combination of the terrior and attention to detail throughout the wine making process has led to accolades such as three appearances in the Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Wines of the Year in seven years and aggregate critic scores that compete with Bordeaux’s First Growths. Flaccianello has a maximum output of 5,000 cases per year and allocations are highly sought after.
Their vineyards are located near Panzano, the viticultural epicentre of Chianti and a place close to my heart for its staggering beauty. The vineyards benefit from their position in a naturally occurring amphitheatre, known locally as Conca d‘Oro (the golden shell), with a southern facing aspect and superb marl soil which aids in water retention throughout the warm summers. Taken together, these conditions fashion grapes with wonderful sugar and tannin potential. The marl soil, elevation and great drainage allow the owners Marco and Giovanni Manetti along with the winemaker Franco Bernabei to harvest grapes with almost perfect ripeness and balance. Marco and Giovanni are brothers and cousins of the original visionaries of the Manetti family who founded Fontodi in 1969, a vineyard that heralds back to the 8th Century.
Flaccianello is one of the greatest wines to come out of Tuscany and has achieved the status as a leading light in Italy. The wine is recognised for its supreme elegance, intensity and capacity for bottle age. In its youth it displays dark cherry, plums, violets, and intoxicating sweet spice flavours of cinnamon with a delightful savoury character, enveloping chocolate, tobacco and almond. With age it resonates with the very best of Sangiovese, taking on notes of liquorice, smokiness, rosemary and flavours that turn my head; porcini mushroom and truffle.
97 Points, James Suckling
Very precise and focused with blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Chewy tannins and tight. Full body, fabulous density and length. A classic. Needs five or six years to completely open but so beautiful in its youth. Real deal. From organically grown grapes. Pure sangiovese.
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