Available for our Hong Kong and Macau-based clients.
We are proud to represent Biondi-Santi as official agents for Hong Kong and Macau, with an extensive range of their wines now in stock and ready for immediate delivery.
Biondi Santi is the inventor of Brunello di Montalcino, the most noble expression of the Sangiovese grape in Tuscany. An aristocratic family, they were the first to pioneer a fine red wine capable of long ageing that would sit alongside the greatest wines of Europe. Extremely high standards, family continuity (the young Tancredi is the 6th generation), combined with a great terroir, old vines, traditional maturation in large oak bottiand then bottle, remain the order of the day.
What is additionally so impressive about Biondi-Santi is its true-to-place individuality. Complexity of fragrance and flavour, and fine tension between fruit acidity and tannin lend timelessness, and avoid the formulaically bland international anonymity of so many wines today. Annata is the standard-bearer of the estate, while Riserva , made in small quantities from the oldest vines, and not every year, is an exceptional wine worthy of the best wine cellars and dinner tables. We recently tried the 2012 Annata , and I noted - Garnet with a broad rim of fire; a fine nose, aromatic and complex, dried fruits, pomegranate, spices and brush; lush on the palate, with lovely fruit, fine spices, good energy, refined and elegant. The combination of balance and personality is so appealing.
Over the years I have tasted many of the Riservas, as far back as the 1945. They are remarkable wines. Indeed, in 1999 Wine Spectator looked back at the 20th century and picked its dozen greatest wines – 1900 Margaux, 45 Mouton, 21 Yquem, 47 Cheval Blanc, 61 Petrus, 61 La Chapelle, 37 Romanee-Conti, 31 Noval Nacional, 55 Grange, 41 Inglenook, 74 Martha s and the 1955 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. As then editor James Suckling wrote at the time, "I tasted a bottle of the '55 in 1997 at the winery and I was amazed by the freshness and richness of this fine old Brunello. There was an opulence of ripe fruit and elegance of silky tannins that even today only a few of the best wines in Tuscany can replicate. Some Biondi-Santi aficionados may prefer the powerful '64 or the refined '45, but the '55 seems to encompass the best of both wines. The symmetry in the tannins, fruit and acidity is near-perfect for a Sangiovese." The 1955 remains a compelling fine wine experience today.