Verdicchio Classico Superiore

Castelli di Jesi

Villa Bucci

The Bucci family has been growing grapes in the Marche since the 1700s....

Current custodian Ampelio Bucci has 26 hectares of vineyard on this 400 hectare estate, which is cultivated organically. Of these, 21 hectares are Verdicchio, spread over six separate vineyards. The old vines and low yields give wines of great intensity. Consultant winemaker at Villa Bucci is the legendary enologist Giorgio Grai, who has been there for nearly 30 years. He makes wines for ageing and complexity rather than freshness and simplicity.

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Vineyards

The fruit for this wine comes from six vineyards, each with different exposure and elevation, which contribute to greater complexity in the final blend. Yields are kept low and vineyard management is certified organic, with no herbicides or pesticides used. Soils are mainly calcareous (limestone), lending minerality to the wine, with around 30% clay which retains moisture during the hot summers. The average age of the vines is 35 years.

Vintage Information

2016 was a challenging vintage in Marche. The severe frost in April damaged some of the vineyards. Even the summer days were interrupted by periods of grey skies and misty rains, which persisted into harvest. Yields were generally lower due to the frosts, and wines showed slightly less body and lower alcohol as a result of cooler temperatures throughout the growing season.

Vinification

Vinification took place in the underground winery which is naturally cool so refrigeration is generally not necessary. The must was fermented in both stainless steel and Slavonian oak barrels of between 50 and 75 hectolitres approximately 70 years old. Different vineyard parcels are vinified separately then carefully blended before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Golden in colour, this wine has a layered bouquet with notes of vanilla, butterscotch and almonds. Aromas of mimosa and ripe Golden Delicious apples carry through onto the complex palate, which has a fresh finish. A refreshing mineral edge contrasts with ripe, round flavours of wildflower honey.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Verdicchio
Region Castelli di Jesi, Marche
Winemaker Giorgio Grai
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%