Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico

Powerful. Robust. Rich.

You can’t talk about the history of winemaking in Tuscany without talking about the Mazzei family. On top of their ancestor coining the term ‘Chianti’, the family’s descendent Filipo Mazzei (1730-1816) was invited by Thomas Jefferson to plant a vineyard on his estate and while in the U.S. is said to have played a part in inspiring his famous friend’s well known view that ‘All men are created equal’.

We Say

Exactly what a great Chianti Classico needs to be! Fresh with powerful berry aromas, strong structure and striking, earthy and intense flavors of ripe fruit like currants.

Appellation

Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy

Grape Variety

90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot

Ratings

Decanter World Wine Awards: 97/100

The Wine Insider: 97/100

James Suckling: 95/100

Wine Spectator: 94/100

Robert Parker: 92+/100

Perfect to pair with…

  • Ribeye steak
  • Grilled rosemary chicken
  • German sausage BBQ platter
  • Spaghetti & meatball Bolognese.

Basically anything that is rich in flavor and fatty. The tannins of this bold red will cut through excess grease, balance out flavors and prepare your palate for every bite you take!

Why This Wine

It’s Organic

Sustainable farming with minimal manual intervention.

Behind the ‘Chianti’ Title

Named after Ser Lapo, author of the first official document mentioning ‘Chianti wine’ back in 1398.

Marchesi Mazzei

Produced by Chianti’s 600 year-old winemaking family, the Mazzei’s.

Castello di Fonterutoli Excellence

Wines renowned worldwide that represent a point of reference for the entire Chianti Classico production region.

Aging potential of up to 15 years. 

Best enjoyed after being decanted for at least an hour before serving.

The People Behind It

Mazzei

Nowadays, the Mazzei family may not be helping out with the Declaration of Independence, but they are still just as essential a part of the Italian wine world. After almost six centuries, the Mazzeis are going strong, helmed by Lapo and his sons Filippo and Francesco and producing some of Italy’s finest wines. Even with such an illustrious history, the Mazzei family are doing their ancestors proud.

The Winery & Region

Castello di Fonterutoli

Fonterutoli, is an old bastion of Florence only a few kilometers from Castellina in Chianti. It has an extraordinary view of Siena, which is so close that it’s possible to discern the Torre del Mangia and the outline of the Duomo.

The centuries-old ownership of Marchesi Mazzei has preserved the handful of houses, the church of San Miniato, and the villa erected at the end of the 1500’s in place of the citadel, more or less unchanged. Time stopped here, maintaining the charm of the Middle Ages.

The excellence of the wines of Castello di Fonterutoli is renowned worldwide and represents one of the points of reference for the whole Chianti Classico. They also produce Castello di Fonterutoli Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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