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November 22, 2019

New Release – Il Poggione 2015, The Benchmark Brunello di Montalcino, 96 Pts, £152 IB

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Our coverage of the Brunello di Montalcino 2015 begins in earnest today. Excitement has been building since rumours began that it will match 2010, as a vintage that experienced enormous global demand. James Suckling considers 2015 to be in the same league ‘as the all-time greats of 1997, 2006, 2007, and 2010.’ The 2015 vintage is one to figuratively ‘back up the truck’ – prices remain exceptional and quality unmatched at this price point. This hardly comes as a surprise, as the growing season in 2015 was picture perfect with just enough rainfall in the winter and spring to withstand the intensely hot and dry summer. A mild rainfall in September was perfectly timed to imbue a last-minute freshness into the vines before a late September or early October harvest. The resulting wines boast an exquisite density of fruit supported by fine, ripe tannins and most crucially, an unparalleled freshness and precision.

This morning we are delighted to release a wine which can be considered the benchmark wine of Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione. As one might expect 2015 has given Il Poggione the canvas to paint their finest ever wine, scoring 96 points from James Suckling. We release it today at £152 per case of six in bond, representing unmissable value. Indeed Il Poggione 2015 has a Price Over Points ratio (POP) of 19, one of the lowest we have seen, we consider 30 to be exceptional. If you take advantage of our special offer, the price becomes even better; it is certainly a wine to stock up on en force. Accolades abound, Antonio Galloni says ‘For the money, there is not a single better wine being made in Montalcino than Il Poggione’s Brunello. Truth is, it is also better than many far more expensive offerings. There are two Brunellos I would buy confidently in any vintage. This is one of them.’ Ian D’Agata of Vinous Media follows suit saying ‘…there is no better Brunello di Montalcino than Il Poggione’.

We can think of no better estate to encapsulate this iconic region in such a sensational vintage than the storied Tenuta Il Poggione, who according to Antonio Galloni of Vinous have soundly earned their place as ‘a benchmark property for fine, traditionally made Brunellos capable of ageing exquisitely.’ Despite having earned unanimous praise for their remarkable consistency and seemingly limitless aeging potential, Il Poggione remains one of the best priced wines in the entire region, even when compared to virtually every other flagship Brunello 2015 released so far. There is quite simply no better wine for your money, which is why we would encourage you to take advantage of our special volume pricing, available for a very limited time only to fill your cellar now as it will only continue to delight for decades to come.

Tenuta Il Poggione was established at the end of the 19th century by Lavinio Franceschi and today remains under the same ownership of the fifth generation of its founder, siblings Leopoldo and Livia Franceschi. They are recognised as being one of the very first in Montalcino to bottle Brunello as well as being one of the founding members of the Consorzio. Although the estate covers a substantial area of 530 hectares, only 140 hectares are planted with vines, with another 50 hectares planted with olive trees, and the rest dedicated to grain fields, forest and livestock as part of their commitment to biodiversity. Today father and son winemaking team Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci expertly manage these iconic vineyards, located atop the hills of Sant-Angelo in Colle between 150 and 450 metres above sea level and within range of cooling winds of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Their tireless efforts in upholding the reputation of this historic estate begins with a meticulous vineyard management, designed to preserve and enhance the typicity of their terroir. The 100% Sangiovese grapes are painstakingly harvested by hand from some of the oldest vines in all of Montalcino, at which point they are vinified respecting the traditional methods of the region, but not without all of the advantages of a brand new cellar and state of the art technology, allowing for carefully controlled temperatures during fermentation. The wines are then aged for 36 months in French oak casks, chosen in order to highlight the purest expression of the vaunted Sangiovese variety as well as to reflect their own unique terroir.

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