Brunello di Montalcino 2015
95 points, “Without doubt one of the leading producers in Brunello di Montalcino.” – Greg Sherwood MW
According to Italian wine expert James Suckling, 2015 was a “fairy-tale vintage” and “a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss”. Sesti’s Brunello di Montalcino comes from one of the warmer corners of the region and their low intervention winemaking allows this exceptional vintage to shine. Aged for 39 months in huge oak barrels, the 2015 is pure Sangiovese in an immensely aromatic style. If you open it now, you’ll discover ripe cherry, wild strawberries, plum crumble, roses, violets, rolling tobacco, worn leather, exotic spices and tangy dark chocolate. But if you can bring yourself to wait, it will evolve spectacularly over the next decade.
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.
£10.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3269255
Style No.: 821454
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