The 2012 vintage has been awarded a 5* rating from the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, only the seventh 5* rating since 1990. James Suckling has just released his initial report on Brunello di Montalcino 2012 which he says has a lot ‘in common with the legendary 2010 vintage and are most like the 2004s, a harmonious and gorgeous year for Brunellos.’ We are therefore delighted to release Castiglion del Bosco 2012, one of the highest scoring wines of Suckling’s report which he awarded a stunning 96 points and describes as ‘Precise and beautiful’. Castiglion del Bosco is owned by one of Italy’s most prominent families, Ferragamo, who have taken this Estate’s and its global cachet to a new level. Today’s price of £167 per case of six bottles offers incredible value for a stunning 96 point wine.

Castiglion del Bosco is one of the most prominent producers in Montalcino, unchanged for 400 years and one of the founding members of the Consorzio del Brunello, which was established in 1967. In fact, in 1888 Ferruccio Biondi Santi was residing at the Castiglion del Bosco Estate when he isolated the Sangiovese clone and invented the denomination Brunello di Montalcino. One can understand why he resided there, the 1,800 hectare Estate is famous, along with the splendid wine, for its magnificent beauty. It comes as no surprise therefore that in 2003 Massimo Ferragamo, son of Salvatore and Chairman of their North American headquarters, fell in love with the wine and Estate, prompting him to buy it.

Since purchasing the Estate Ferragamo has invested heavily in the vineyards and winery, culminating in the spectacular 2010 vintage. In addition to this he has turned the Estate into one of Italy’s most expensive resorts, including a golf course designed by British Open champion Tom Weiskopf. Salvatore Ferragamo made his money creating one of the most expensive fashion brands in the world, conversely the wine offers some of the very best value in Brunello.

The Castiglion del Bosco grapes are selected from the Estate’s south facing Capanna vineyards, located 350 meters above sea level. The terroir is characterised by clay shale, gravel-pebble and of course ‘galestro’, the famed terroir found in the best Tuscan vineyards, which provide the wine’s unique aroma, complexity and structure. All grapes are sorted by hand, before fermentation begins with natural yeasts. The wine is vinified 100% in their cellar, which is completely gravity fed.

After malolactic fermentation the wines are transferred into French oak barriques, 20% new and 80% first and second passage for 36 months. As one can see, no expense is spared and the result is an outstanding wine for £35.89 per bottle including duty and VAT.

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2012, 6×75, £167 IB – 96 Points, James Suckling

This shows pure and fresh fruit that many others don’t have. Also, there are plenty of linear tannins. Precise and beautiful. Medium to full body. Persistent finish. Better in 2019.

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