Established in 1968, the Manetti family have quietly been going about their business, transforming the dilapidated Fontodi Estate into one of the finest producers of the Chianti Classico region. Since the early 1980s, the quality of Fontodi’s top wines has rivalled anything made in Tuscany, as well they should, with wines coming from one of Italy’s greatest terroirs: the Conca d’Ora amphitheatre in Panzano.

Today the estate is run by Macro and Giovanni Manetti, alongside winemaker Franco Bernabei. Inspired by a principle of respect for nature and sustainability, Fontodi is certified fully organic, which they believe makes their wines better, purer, and a truer expression of grape and place.

Today we are delighted to offer Fontodi’s flagship wine, Flaccianello della Pieve 2018. Rigorous grape selection from the estate’s best parcels ensures this wine is a hit year after year, and 2018 is no exception.

Scoring a perfect 100 points from Vinous’ Antonio Galloni, he sums up this Sangiovese blend by simply saying “I absolutely loved it”. The Wine Advocates Monica Larner is also a huge fan stating, “This is a phenomenal and proudly confident vintage of the estate’s top Sangiovese” and awards 98 points.

Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2018
(6x75cl) £735 IB

100 Points | Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve is another stellar wine from Fontodi. It is the richest Flaccianello ever made (in terms of dry extract), with elevated acidity that trails the 2016 by just a touch, but it does not taste like that at all. Dark cherry, violet, lavender, spice, mocha and graphite build with a bit of time in the glass. Like the Sorbo, the 2018 Flaccianello is not a wine of size, as in most previous years, but rather a wine that exudes vibrancy, energy and class from start to finish. I absolutely loved it.

98 Points | Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
Generally speaking, I have reservations concerning the 2018 vintage that saw intermittent periods of hot and cold with some rain thrown in at the end of the growing cycle. The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve blasted straight through any lingering doubt and is the result of a deft winemaking hand. This is a phenomenal and proudly confident vintage of the estate’s top Sangiovese, which represents a blend of organic fruit from the best parcels. The wine’s personality reveals brooding darkness and austerity, and these impressions are reinforced by savory tones of cigar smoke and earthy leather. The core of the wine is tight and richly concentrated with generous blackberry and plum. The velvety tannins are integrated but still youthful and grippy. You’ll definitely need to give this elegant wine more time in the bottle. Production is an ample 60,000 bottles.

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