Le Chiuse and Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 2015 and Family
The last of our Brunello offers is for two of my all-time favourite wines and two that are among the greatest made in this great year – Le Chiuse and Salvioni. Both producers make wine in a traditional manner without new or small oak and both wines are hugely expressive, multi-layered and speak loudly of their terroir. I have to say, I flat out love both these producers wines and make sure they always go into my personal cellar. I have provided a small producer profile below in case you don’t know these producers.
Although not well-known Le Chiuse is one of the more significant sites in Montalcino. Located to the north of the village the estate sits on the famed Montosoli hill and farms approximately 7 hectares of vines (6 Brunello and 1 Rosso designate). The estate was once part of the famed Biondi-Santi holdings and the vineyards have always provided a significant portion of the Riserva wines for Biondi-Santi.
In 1993 Simonetta Valiani, the great granddaughter of Ferruccio Biondi-Santi, regained full control of the vineyards and with husband Nicolo Magnelli they started to produce wine under the Le Chiuse label. Although made in small quantities and distributed very little outside of Italy Le Chiuse has already garnered a cult following. We are particularly fond of the style here which is at once connected to the unique terroir of this small area in the North of Montalcino but portrays this in such a pure and authentic style.
They don’t come too much more cult than the Brunello of Salvioni. Situated at La Cerbaiola sub-zone of Montalcino, the entire estate is 20 hectares but only 4 hectares is given over to grape growing. This small part is then split again into three single vineyards which have slightly different soils and aspects. Production is kept small to maintain the Salvioni stamp of intensity and layered complexity. The wines are made traditionally with alcoholic and malolactic fermentation taking place in stainless steel before being shifted to 20 hectolitre for ageing in the cramped cellars underneath the original family home in the center of the town – very cool place to taste wine I have to say.
Obviously with the scores for the vintage but also these two producers running hot, these wines will not last long. I have a very limited amount of Salvioni and as such there are limits per customer. For Le Chiuse, I believe this is an absolute bargain buy given the quality. I have also included their brilliant Riserva wine from 2010 as well as the Rosso di Montalcinos for both producers.
Regular Price: $150.00
Special Price $127.00
Regular Price: $360.00
Special Price $306.00