Brunello di Montalcino, Montosoli, 2012

  Le Chiuse di Simonetta Valiani

Brunello di Montalcino, Montosoli

From the famous Montosoli zone on the cooler north east side of Montalcino, Le Chiuse make a classic, traditional Brunello of verve and style. The Brunello is aged for 36 months in large used oak casks. Ripe but crisp and incisive red berry and hedgerow fruit with bright mineral and stone notes. Long, energetic, intense and well defined. A classical beauty.

Contains Sulphites.

About Le Chiuse di Simonetta Valiani

An estate with great pedigree, turning out traditional soulful and crisp Brunellos from the cool subzone of Montosoli in the North Eastern part of Montalcino. The estate’s origins lie with the Biondi-Santi family. Tancredi gave Le Chiuse to his daughter Fiorella. She then rented the land to her brother Franco Biondi-Santi until 1986 when she died and the estate past to her daughter Simonetta Valiani. Together with her husband Nicolo Magnelli, Simonetta set about restoring the property on the estate and began the project of bottling their own wine. The estate consists of 18ha planted between 300 and 500 metres above sea level, planted with Sangiovese Grosso that was a selection massale from old vines on Biondi Santi’s Il Greppo estate.

Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino

An important Tuscan DOCG known for the production of intensely powerful red wines made from the Brunello clone of Sangiovese which reaches levels of richness and structure not found elsewhere in Tuscany. The climate is arid and warm though cooled by a maritime breeze from the south west. The zone is essentialy split into two: a warmer southern region that producers earlier drinking, fuller wines, and the Northern, higher altitude zone on Galestro soils that produces more aromatic, finer examples. Brunello di Montalcino wines are released four years after the harvest, following extended ageing in cask, normally around three years. Rosso di Montalcino is the younger stablemate of Brunello; always 100% Sangiovese but bottled and released after only one year of ageing. Rossos are usually lighter and more approachable young than the famously long lived Brunellos.

Grape Type: Sangiovese

Meaning Blood of Jove, or Jupiter, Sangiovese is the noble grape of Chianti, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montpulciano. A fussy grape to grow, but when done properly can produce some of the world’s most enthralling red wines. It can produce lively, sappy young reds with juicy, cherry flavours, as well as more concentrated, long-lived, oak-matured reds with superb, savoury, herb and spice flavours. Quality has soared over the last year as productive clones have been grubbed up and since the old practices of blending it with weak, lean white grape varieties have died down.