Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Montalcino

Biondi-Santi

This fabled estate sold a majority of its shares to Christopher Descours, the...

owner of Charles Heidsieck and Château la Verrerie, in December 2016. While the 5th and 6th generations of the Biondi-Santi family, Jacopo and his son Tancredi, remain actively involved in the running of the estate, the investment being undertaken by Christopher Descours will ensure the property modernises in an intelligent manner. The wines are already among the very best in Montalcino, but we’re convinced, that they will get even better over the next few years.

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Vineyards

This 150 hectare property, which abuts Costanti’s estate, has 26 hectares of vineyard split over three sites. Il Greppo, at 500 metres above sea level, is where the winery and house is situated and where the oldest plot, planted in 1936, is to be found. They also have vines down the hill to the east of Montalcino and to the north, close to Montosoli. The oldest vineyards, those over 25 years of age, are the source of grapes for the Riserva. The vines are planted in soils characterised by heavy stone and marl, which helps reduce vigour and aid concentration of flavour in the grapes.

Vintage Information

Spring brought average weather patterns, and was then followed by some rain in June and July. August was extremely dry, as was September in the days before the harvest, which began on 8th September.

Vinification

Vinification was carried out at controlled temperatures. The wine was then aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 36 months.

Tasting Notes

A brilliant ruby red colour, this wine has aromas of citrus bark. While some tannic structure persists, it is fruit flavours which come to the fore, supported by notes of black pepper and spice. The finish is long and balanced. This wine is already showing great potential for future development.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Sangiovese
Region Montalcino, Tuscany
Winemaker Jacopo Biondi Santi
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.54g/l
Residual Sugar 1.23g/l
Wine pH 3.4