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Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli, Cortonesi, 2019 - Magnum

Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli, Cortonesi, 2019 - Magnum

Cortonesi | Tuscany, Italy | 150cl
  • Red Still
  • Sangiovese
Regular price £116.00
Regular price Offer price £116.00

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Tommaso Cortonesi’s grandfather bought La Mannella in the 1970s. The estate spreads over 56 hectares, eight of which produce Brunello di Montalcino. The major vineyard is around the winery at La Mannella, just north of Montalcino itself, but there is another vineyard near Castelnuovo dell’ Abate, to the south east of the town.

Originally just one Brunello was made, a blend from the two separate vineyards, but in the 1990s, Tommaso and his father realised that the two vineyards had distinctly different soil composition. They decided that better wine would be made if each terroir was properly realised in the bottle, and thus were born Poggiarelli (in the south east) and La Mannella (in the north).

Poggiarelli has rocky soil, rich in marl, whereas at La Mannella it is mainly clay and limestone. Poggiarelli is at about 420 m.a.s.l and La Mannella is 280-350 m.a.s.l. The oldest vines were planted in 1983, and another two plots were planted in 1998. All their wines are 100% Sangiovese.

What the critics say:

95/100Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

"From a vineyard with old vines and schistic galestro soils, the 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli opens to a deep and unique sense of aromatic layering, starting with dark fruit, sweet tobacco leaf, flavored cigarette and spice. The wine is rich with dense fruit flavors and ripe tannins. You taste Sangiovese's skins with a hint of bitterness. However, the truly distinguishing factor of Poggiarelli is the etched mineral notes."

94/100James Suckling

"Plenty of plum and cherry character here with aromas of flowers and cherry blossom that follow through to a medium body, very fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Plenty of clean fruit at the end. Give it time to develop in the bottle. Better after 2025."

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Cortonesi

Cortonesi stands out as a pioneer in Montalcino's "single vineyard" Brunello. Shifting from a blend to two distinct wines in the 1990s, they capture the distinctiveness of their prime sites. La Manella and Poggiarelli embody Brunello's core, each rooted in unique Montalcino terroirs.

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