Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2017 - 750ml
95 Points James Suckling
Complex aromas of ripe cherries, black truffles and dried flowers, such as lavender and rose petals. Full-bodied, tight and solid with chewy tannins, yet it’s polished and refined. Undertones of porcini mushrooms and walnut rind. Energetic and focused. Drinkable now, but better in 2022.
Since the 1400’s the Mazzei’s have been producing wine; making it one of the oldest running Italian companies - of any kind! Their ancestry is closely woven not only into Tuscany’s winemaking history, but as well as to this venerated region’s political and cultural past. The notable merchant, Ser Lapo Mazzei, is credited for authoring the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine” (December 16, 1398). Years later, Philip Mazzei, winemaker, political thinker and friend of Thomas Jefferson, is credited for influencing another historic document, whose philosophical writings on equality of man served as inspiration for the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Four beautiful properties make up the Mazzei portfolio. Castello di Fonterutoli in historic Chianti Classico, Tuscany remains the historic home of Mazzei. An enthusiasm for discovery has led to the purchase of Belguardo in the Maremma, which borders the Tuscan coast and Zisola in Noto, Sicily. Giovanni Mazzei has recently taken over his family’s estate, Villa Marcello, in the Veneto, For six generations the Mazzei property at Castello di Fonterutoli has been family-owned and operated; which is also the case since the establishment of Belguardo, Zisola and Villa Marcello. Lapo Mazzei manages as Chairman, along with his sons Filippo and Francesco, both CEOs. The newest generation, Giovanni Mazzei, represents the 26th generation, poised to continue in the family’s footsteps of producing innovative and expressive wines from Central Tuscany, the Maremma, Sicily and the Veneto.
Vineyards location: Cornia: 250 - 330 m (820 - 1,080 ft) a.s.l. | Caggiolo: 290 - 350 m (950 - 1,150 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Cornia: Clay and limestone | Caggiolo: Calcareous Alberese with clay texture
Vineyards age: 15 - 30 years
Ageing: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225/500 lt - 50% new)
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