Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, Castiglion del Bosco, after major investment in the vineyards and winery, has been restored to its position as a leading Montalcino estate. The estate, with 62 hectares of vineyards (51 of which are permitted for Brunello production) is located in the Val d’Orcia National Park, a UNESCO site, to the north west of Montalcino, near Buonconvento. Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar.
The Millecento Riserva is made from grapes grown in a single 8.5-hectare organically treated, high density plot, planted at 460m above sea level in the spectacular ‘Capanna’ vineyard.
Grapes were harvested on the 12th October. Prolonged maceration is followed by a 36-month maturation in large (30hL) French oak barrels and concrete egg tanks to ensure unparalleled quality and longevity.
2011 was distinguished by an advance of about 15 days in the vegetative growth, due to warmer winter temperatures.
The months of May and June were wet, with some warm and sunny stints.
The beginning of summer, being cool and rainy, maintained a good water reserve in the soil, creating a good balance in the vineyard without excessive vegetative progress. The high temperatures in late summer slowed down the vegetative growth and the grapes accumulated good levels of sugar. The harvest was quite long, it began slightly earlier than average, and it was completed by mid-October.
Elegance, character, and persistence are what make Millecento 2010 a wine for the ages. The barrel aging emphasised the characteristics of the vintage, as well as enhancing the Sangiovese aromas, wonderful balance, and superb tannins. A great acidity supports the superb aging potential.
Serve with game dishes and red meats.
“The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento sees fruit sourced from a vineyard of that same name that was planted in 1998. The castle that dominates the Castiglion del Bosco property was once an military fortress built to defend Montalcino against its rowdy neighbors in Siena and Florence. This wine is aged in large oak casks for three years. Only 6,000 bottles are made. The bouquet offers enticing tones of spice and dark fruit with rustic garden herb and wild mushroom thrown into the mix. The mouthfeel is extremely polished and fine. This is a very elegant wine that drinks beautifully right now.”, 94 points, Monica Larner – The Wine Advocate
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG