Brunello 2013 | New releases | Conti Costanti & Salicutti
The first of the Brunello di Montalcino 2013 releases and two of the very best. We’re delighted to offer two of the vintage’s most outstanding successes Conti Costanti and Salicutti.
Conti Costanti is one of the finest addresses in Montalcino with a history that dates back to the 16th century. With 12 hectares under vine, at an altitude of 440 metres, the estate is one of the highest in Montalcino and at the very limit of what the Sangiovese can physically achieve. This cooler altitude results in wine of supreme elegance with a fine structure and underlying power.
The 2013 perfectly illustrates the brilliant the winemaking of Andrea Costanti. Powerful and complex dark fruits on the nose lead to a palate that is full and rich yet at this stage, quite compact. There’s excellent concentration underpinned by plenty of freshness that will allow this stunning 2013 to develop into one of the more long lived Brunellos of the vintage.
By comparison Salicutti are relative new comers to the Brunello scene. Francesco Leanza, a chemical engineer by profession who sought weekend tranquility away from Rome, bought this estate to realise the economic potential of the land. He released his first Brunello in 1994 and has never looked back. Nearing retirement he sold the estate last year to new German owners, Felix and Sabine Eichbauer. An injection of investment in the winery has ensured that the quality level remains absolutely top drawer.
It won’t come as much of a surprise to those who have bought this wine previously that the 2013 Brunello is wonderfully aristocratic, understated and classic in style. The gorgeous palate of red cherries, violet and mocha is underpinned with a fine tannic structure and excellent energy and lift. This is clearly a wine that will require 5 years in the cellar and one that sits very much at the top table of this year’s releases.
Waste no time in putting your name down for a case of these two Brunello superstars as stocks are very limited.
**Offered subject to availability. Delivery available from May 2018.**
2013 Brunello di Montalcino Conti Costanti
£250.00 per 6 bottles IB
£625.00 per 6 magnums IB (very limited)
Deep cherry red colour. This is a deeply structured Brunello, with striking red berry fruits. Direct and intense an attractively bold style, powerful and long on the finish. Drink 2020-2032, Goedhuis & Co
Lustrous ruby. Restrained power on the nose. Bags of finely grained tannins lift lively cherry fruit. Medium bodied yet mouth-filling. Muscular and refined. Easily one of the top wines of this vintage. 18 points Jancis Robinson
2013 Brunello di Montalcino Salicutti
£280.00 per 6 bottles IB
£110.00 per single magnum IB (limited)
Bright shining brick red colour. Enticing perfumed aromas of truffles, plums and damsons. This wine is all about purity and brightness of fruit. Beautifully textured with a layered tannic core and a brilliant drive of fresh fruit. Beautifully balanced with length and structure and a lovely after taste of sweet confit fruit. Drink 2019-2030, Goedhuis & Co
Salicutti's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione shows a brilliant ruby appearance that captures the ambient light. This is a classic expression from Montalcino with seamless aromas of wild flower, cassis, smokey ash and Mediterranean herb. The mouthfeel awards an incredible feeling of linearity, precision and focus. This is a wine of pedigree that promises a long aging evolution ahead. The lucky new owners of this estate have purchased a real gem in the Italian winescape. 95 points Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
Concentrated mid ruby with orange tinges. Taut and cool, red-fruit nose. Lively red fruit with quite a big structure. Fresh, fragrant and little tannic and with enormous length. 17.5 points Jancis Robinson
Producing Brunello di Montalcino
- Brunello di Montalcino can only be produced from Sangiovese grapes grown in the Montalcino township.
- A Brunello is released onto the market from the 1st January 5 years after the harvest. During this time it must have been aged for a minimum of 2 years in wood and 4 months in bottle.
- A Brunello Riserva can be released in the January that follows 6 years after the harvest. This year we will offer the 2012 from a small handful of leading growers.
- To qualify as a Brunello di Montalcino it must only be bottled in a Bordelais shaped bottle and have a minimum alcohol content of 12.5%.
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