Old vintages of Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino grapes
Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino is one of the best wines in the world, destined for long ageing, making it better and more complete over time. According to the regulations, Brunello must age for a minimum of 5 years although it is customary to lay it down for 10 years. It can remain in the cellar for 30 years while some of the very exceptional vintages last for 100 years or more, as the Brunello produced by Biondi Santi.
100% Sangiovese of Biondi Santi
Brunello di Montalcino is made with only Sangiovese grapes cultivated exclusively in Montalcino, a small Tuscan town that is forever linked to its wine, to that certain clone of Sangiovese Grosso that. Here and only here within the municipality of Montalcino, it takes on the name Brunello di Montalcino. The legendary pioneer of Brunello, Ferruccio Biondi Santi, selected this unique grape variety in a far off 1880 by virtue of his intuition and winemaking experience passed on to him by his maternal grandfather, Clemente Santi.
A Sip of Culture in Every Glass
Opening a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino is always a moment of great emotion to share with friends and those who are able to appreciate the great history of culture and dedication behind it.
After opening the bottle, we let it breathe for a while, ideally for a few hours for great vintages. Then we can serve it. We swirl it against the smooth sides of a crystal glass, we admire its bright limpidity and its lively garnet red colour.
We sniff with our eyes closed to avoid any distractions, and we enjoy its rich fragrance - intense, persistent, ethereal, ever changing – that takes us by the hand to fly above the iridescent land of Montalcino. There are overtones of a damp forest floor on an autumn morn, little fruits of the forest and slightly aromatic wood.
The performance may seem complete, but the best is yet to come. Let us drink! On the palate Brunello releases all of its elegance. It is pure, mineral, and dry with a long balanced persistent aroma.
The Message is the Terroir
Montalcino is the adopted home of Sangiovese, a macroclimate that includes in its vast range of hills over 200 square kilometres that vary from 200 to 600 metres above sea level.
At the same time, the universe of Montalcino boasts an assortment of microclimates that vary in every vineyard, every field, every location and every side of the mountain. This makes the terroir one of a kind, perfect for the difficult cultivar of Sangiovese and for the great red wines that are made from it.
The message of Brunello, expressed through Sangiovese in its purest form, is the territory of Montalcino in its unique infinite beauty and wild harmony.