Brunello di Montalcino Biondi-Santi 2015 exudes velvety texture, concentration and elegance. The softness and personality that distinguish the iconic Il Greppo estate are clearly present in the 2015 vintage, an edition that is dark, exuberant and bold, but also precise, focused and sharp. It will live for years in your cellar, but tasted now in its infancy, the wine shows blackberry, dried cherry, plum and black currant. Dark fruit tones followed by tar, spices, earth, tobacco and sweet balsamic herbs. Biondi-Santi wines are made for the long haul, and the fresh acidity that characterizes this company is the main reason why its bottles can rest for decades before being enjoyed.
It is a rare phenomenon that a wine can trace its origins back to a single man. However, Brunello di Montalcino owes its existence to Ferrucio Biondi-Santi and his fame to his family. Now in the seventh generation of winemakers, the Biondi-Santi family continues to produce wines renowned for their elegance and extraordinary longevity. Located in the heart of Montalcino, the Tenuta Greppo estate extends over 25 hectares of vineyards on soils rich in sandstone and marl, perfect for the cultivation of Sangiovese Grosso. Defenders of a rich enological heritage, the family continues to use traditional methods started over a century ago to bring out the unique characteristics of Brunello di Montalcino.
Starting from the mid-1800s Clemente Santi, writer and scientist, studied the quality of the vineyards and viticulture of the Greppo Estate in Montalcino. Long before it became standard practice, Clemente chose to focus on red wines suitable for aging. Clemente’s innovative winemaking practices earned him considerable recognition, including an award for his “selected red wine (Brunello) 1865” at the 1867 Universal Exposition in Paris.
Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Ferrucio Biondi continued to experiment in the vineyards. In fact, Ferrucio was so proud of his grandfather’s work that he combined the two surnames and became Ferruccio Biondi-Santi. Ferrucio worked hard to combat the challenges posed by powdery mildew and phylloxera. From his massal selection of Sangiovese come the Brunello Biondi-Santi clones, or BBS 11, now very famous. Ferrucio also took the courageous decision to bottle a 100% Sangiovese wine. With this first bottling, the birth of the modern Brunello di Montalcino began.
After Ferrucio’s death in 1917, his son Tancredi Biondi-Santi continued the line of succession and carried on the family tradition with meticulous care. He looked to the past to secure the future, keeping the old vintages in the cellar. In this way, Biondi-Santi was finally able to show the world how long-lived and complex a Brunello di Montalcino could be. In 1966, Brunello di Montalcino became DOC and the Italian government turned to Tancredi to assist him in drafting the regulation.
Tancredi took the winery to new levels, but it was Franco’s son who helped spread the potential of this historic winery on the global market.
Today Franco’s son, Jacopo, and his son, Tancredi, represent the sixth and seventh generation that carry on the family legacy.