The 2010 vintage in Brunello blazed a furious path, paving the way for collectors to return en force to this truly great winemaking region. Brunello di Montalcino is one of the pillars of European winemaking excellence and produces age-worthy wine, which in great vintages displays power, balance and finesse, yet do so at an incredible price point. Following on from 2010 the 2012 is another of these truly magnificent vintages. The 2012 vintage has been awarded a 5* rating from the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. This is only the seventh 5* rating since 1990, there have only have been 14 awarded since 1945, the next in the pipeline is 2015. The 2012 is another vintage to fill the cellars with and is greatly anticipated. Today we release the first and possibly best wine from this vintage.
James Suckling has just released his 2012 initial Brunello di Montalcino report which he says has a lot ‘in common with the legendary 2010 vintage and are most like the 2004s, a harmonious and gorgeous year for Brunellos.’ His highest scoring wine of this report is Pertimali Sassetti Livio Brunello di Montalcino 2012 with a phenomenal score of 98 points. In 2010 it was one of the wines of the vintage with 97 points from the Wine Advocate and 100 from James Suckling, this trades today at £350 per case of six bottles. We are delighted to be able to offer the 2012 today for £195 per case of six bottles, a remarkable price for a 98-point scoring wine. We have imported a small parcel which will sell out by this evening. The lowest listed price for this wine in the global market is currently £250 per case of six, today’s price leaves a lot on the table!
The Pertimali wines are made by the Sassetti family who are one of the leading families in Montalcino. They have been producing wines for four generations, for more than 100 years. The current owner Livio Sassetti was one of the founders of the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino and the wine bears his name along with the historical name of the Estate, Pertimali. Sited on the northern hill of Montosoli, the family are renowned for producing a composite of perfectly balanced fruit which is displayed by the finest wines from here, along with the dense fruit flavours, structure and mineral driven wines of the south.
Livio and his two sons embrace the traditions which define Brunello di Montalcino. They painstakingly harvest only by hand, use giant oak bottes and spontaneous fermentations. This is all done in synchronisation with the phases of the moon and within the guidelines for organic farming. Their Brunello di Montalcino is therefore produced form the finest grapes, grown with the utmost focus and treated with the expertise of a family who have dedicated themselves to achieving the pinnacle of winemaking.
With a Price over Points Score of 21.6 this will be one of the best wine we will offer this year in terms of price vs quality. It is not to be missed!
Pertimali Sassetti Livio Brunello di Montalcino 2012, 6×75, £195 IB 98 Points – James Suckling
Complex aromas of dried figs, dark fruits and hints of walnuts and dried meat. Full body, dense and polished palate. Velvety and poised tannins and a flavorful finish. Yet always refined and beautiful. You want to drink it now and can, but it has a beautiful future.
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