91 points, “Good structure, grace and harmony. A baby Brunello!” – Decanter Magazine
For those looking for a great value glimpse into the wonderful world of the Brunello di Montalcino superstar Sesti, Grangiovese is your new weekday favourite red.
A portion of the grapes that would normally find their way into Sesti’s Brunello and Rosso are kept aside to make this delicious, juicy and gamey wine. Fresh and fruity, but with an intense savoury undertone – imagine ripe cherries, sundried tomatoes, dried herbs and the smell of the Sunday roast. Grangiovese is one of Tuscany’s best kept secrets and one of our Wine Buyer’s favourites, especially when served alongside pizza, Bolognese or roast lamb.
With his round, thick-rimmed, almost Harry Potter-esque glasses, Guiseppe Maria Sesti is no ordinary wine producer. Having studied music and astronomy in Venice, he’d never planned to go into the wine business. Guigi, as he is known, met his now wife in North Wales while writing the first of his five-or-so books on astronomy. The family moved to Tuscan in the 1970s and he bought a ruined castle on a hill – presumably a great place for a telescope – and an abandoned hamlet called Argiano. Between writing about the stars and organising the festival of Baroque Opera in Tuscany, he began to visit local wineries.
His passion grew and in the 1990s the Sesti family planted their first vineyards. Guiseppe’s four children helped to harvest and stomp the first vintages, and over time his love of ancient calendars and celestial spheres has taken Sesti down the path of biodynamic production following lunar cycles. The eco-friendly estate contains vineyards, olive groves, animal grazing and woodlands spanning 102 hectares, so Guigi enlisted the help of his daughter Elisa. Ellie, as she goes by, was born in Tuscany, so has wine in her blood. She studied theatre design and classical architecture; so, like her father, brings a certain amount of artistry to the winemaking. Together they run what is considered by many to be one of the leading wineries in the region.
£3.2 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3139479
Style No.: 763182
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