At the same level with Romanée-Conti and Petrus, Brunello di Montalcino and its little brother, Rosso di Montalcino, have a history that goes back to the 19th century, when Clemente Santi was the first Italianwinemaker to vinify the Sangiovese grape as such. His ambition: to produce a red wine for aging that could rival the best wines of France.
The Biondi Santi estate was the first to create the Brunello di Montalcino appellation in the 19th century. Its wines have a proverbial longevity. The first vintages are still perfectly drinkable. His wines remain in a traditional register, without exuberance, with uprightness, even austerity.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 1995 (Bottle opened 24 hours in advance)
The nose has notes of roses and sandalwood. There’s a slight undergrowth and violet. It is elegant. We are facing a classy product.
The mouth confirms this evolution of liquorice… But with tension and straightness. It is austere and evolves in a narrow beam of flavor. Decanting does a lot of good. Opulence in lightness, lace, class and length are present. The mouth vibrates and stretches.
A great wine that still has a lot to offer.
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