Brunello di Montalcino Le Chiuse – ROBERT PARKER REVIEWS


Review by Monica Larner for Wine Advocate:

ROSSO 2020 90 points

Made with certified-organic fruit, the Le Chiuse 2020 Rosso di Montalcino is bright and punchy, showing energy and electricity along the way. There are some terrific Rossos on the market now, and this streamlined, elegant style is exactly what you what from this entry-level wine. Cassis and sour cherry merge with lilac and spring violets. Production is 13,300 bottles.

BRUNELLO 2017 95 points

The Le Chiuse 2017 Brunello di Montalcino (made with certified organic fruit) exhibits a silky and elegant profile that only a handful of estates in the appellation achieve with consistency. This is the desired direction of Brunello as a whole I believe, and it’s nice to see these successful results in a difficult, hot vintage such as 2017. The wine is silky and glossy on the palate with wildflowers, berry and forest floor. Production is 15,500 bottles.

RISERVA 2012 97 points

This is a special treat, and I’m so grateful to the folks at Le Chiuse for kindly sending this sample for review. Released 10 years after the vintage, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Diecianni gives us a concrete opportunity to measure the longevity of bottle-aged Brunello. The bottles are numbered by hand, and I tasted number 343. I was not initially a believer in the long-term merits of the 2012 vintage, but this stunning bottle has changed my mind. Sangiovese can age with grace and care, and that’s what this wine teaches us. Aromas of wild berry, dried current, red orange, earth and rusty nail converge with precision. The wine’s color is vibrant and bright despite the nearly 10 years of age, and the mouthfeel is light and radiant in intensity. There is a lot of aspiration in this wine, and I think you’ll be inspired. Unfortunately, only 2,000 bottles were held back for release.

One of my favorite wines in this report is the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Diecianni from Le Chiuse. Starting with the 2010 vintage, this estate has been holding back a small part of their production to release 10 years after the harvest. I wish more producers in Montalcino would commit to similar late-release programs. Lorenzo Magnelli and his team are biodynamic farmers, and the winery has been organic for 15 years.

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