Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - The Fairy-Tale Vintage

 

2015 in Brunello was destined to be much-hyped and well-promoted by winemakers. Coming off the back of the disappointing 2014 vintage, it could be argued that they had to talk it up. However, as it turned out, climatic conditions meant that self-promotion was not necessary. Whilst it was a hot vintage, acid levels were higher than normal and that meant that the end results were rich, sumptuous wines with good freshness thanks to the elevated levels of acidity. Winemakers were at a loss to explain this unusual combination of heat and acid but they certainly welcomed it.

At the time of writing, only James Suckling has released his thoughts on the vintage. He calls it "a fairy-tale vintage...a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years."

As with Barolo 2016, the exceptional quality seems to be at all levels - from the cheapest Brunello 'normale' through to the very top of the spectrum. When concentration of fruit is married with acidity and high quality from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top, that is the sign of a very special vintage. It would certainly appear that 2015 has all the necessary components. 

James Suckling goes on to say: "We admit that it is tempting to say that 2015 is Brunello di Montalcino’s best vintage ever, and it may very well be! It certainly compares to other great years of the appellation including 1997, 2006, 2007, and 2010...[the] wonderful harmony in the nose and palate makes the wines so approachable that you want to drink them now. However, these are Brunellos that will age beautifully for decades ahead making them historical in every sense of the word."

We have brought you the pick of the wines that have been released so far. There will be more as time goes on - not all wines have been released yet - but you can be confident that all of these wines are benchmarks for their respective producers and of this excellent vintage. All wines are packed in 6 bottle cases, giving you the option to buy across the spectrum.


Altesino

One of the region’s most innovative estates, Altesino was the first to introduce the concept of a single ‘cru’ vineyard and the first to use French oak (without turning its back on the more traditional treatments). The buzzword for Altesino’s wines is elegance – even the broody Montosoli manages power and grace effortlessly. Click on the wine names below to read the tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Italy2015Brunello Montosoli, AltesinoBT76615.00cs97 JSAdd to Basket
Italy2015Brunello di Montalcino, AltesinoBT90350.00cs95 JSAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Poggio Antico

With some of the highest vineyards in the region and a decidedly maritime climate, Poggio Antico is another Brunello producer that leans towards finesse rather than extraction and brute force. The difference between the Brunello 'normale' and the Altero is the oak treatment - the former sees Slavonian oak and the latter sees French oak which imparts more intensity and complexity and gives it a bigger, more robust structure. Click on the wine names below to read the tasting notes.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Italy2015Brunello di Montalcino Altero, Poggio Antico BT16570.00cs97 JSAdd to Basket
Italy2015Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio Antico BT26470.00cs97 JSAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.