In a world of wine where quality from so many regions is becoming more and more easy to find, once that quality is assured one more thing often remains elusive – personality. The original vision set out here in the 19th century to make a long-ageing world class wine from the estate’s own proprietary unique Sangiovese Grosso – clone BBS11 as it has become known – was proven in spectacular fashion at our vertical dinner of the estate’s Riservas at Otto e Mezzo on 28th October 2018. We explored 16 vintages back to a jaw-dropping bottle of the 1955 (99/100 from me). Further events at Grand Hyatt’s Grissini, and Macau’s City of Dream’s Tasting Room served to reconfirm just how long these wines can fully hold your attention – bright, transparent, very fragrant enigmatic wines provide I think the nutshell of the Biondi-Santi style.
If you are interested in exploring beyond the nutshell, my full report on the estate and the wines is linked here. If you prefer to go straight to the nut – why not?! – our list of available Biondi-Santi wines is listed below. Driven by aromatic fruit and nervous acidity rather than thickness and gloss, if I was to put them on a style spectrum I would say they are closer to a Burgundy experience than they are to the fat, powerful, high alcohol style we are more used to seeing today from Brunello di Montalcino. As such – especially if you are a Burgundy drinker – I think you should give these a go.