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.
2010 was characterised by cool temperatures and high rainfall during spring, which delayed budding and vegetative growth. A warm summer balanced the growing year, leading to perfect ripening of the grapes. Each parcel was harvested separately to ensure that all the grapes had achieved their maximum potential from the unique characteristics of the different vineyard exposures. The south-east side brings elegance, finesse and acidity, whilst the south-west gives complexity and longevity.
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.
“Very subtle blueberry, floral, black truffle and cherry aromas follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a savory and delicious finish. I love the freshness with richness here that gives the wine a heady vibe. Drink or hold.” 96 points, James Suckling
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG