November 2019 Selection

Sangiovese, without compromises

November 2019 Selection

Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico 2016 (2 bottles)
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 (2 bottles)
Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2014 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: 137.40 €
Club Discount Price: 119.95 €
You save: 17.45 € (12.70%)

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Do you love Italian wine and don't know Sangiovese? Impossible. Together with Nebbiolo, Sangiovese is the most representative red grape of Italian wine. You will find it in Romagna, in Umbria, in the Marche and in other regions, especially central. But let's not beat around the bush here: the great Sangiovese, the one that gets people shaking in excitement, is Tuscan. It is here, between Chianti, Val d'Orcia and Maremma, that this grape variety gives the most taut, austere, structured and above all long-lived wines. Terroir accomplices which need no introduction.

There is Montalcino, of course. The Sangiovese of the legend. Here the potential of this pure variety has begun to be understood. Rustic tannins, ageing in large barrels, maximum freshness, longevity over thirty years. Perhaps the best known Italian wine brand in the world. Brunello is certainly not wine for every day, but, if you’re patient, it is unbeatable in the most elaborate pairings. But for the true hedonists it can also be enjoyed alone. Regal.

Do you underestimate the Chianti? You’re making a big mistake! Perhaps this is the most typical expression of the vine. Simple and rustic and therefore immense. Chianti Classico is the perfect wine for the occasions when you have fun with meat at the table. It is multifaceted. Summer grill? Chianti Classico. Winter braised meat? Chianti Classico. But if you linger a bit on your glass, that balsamic fruit and that fruit preserved in in alcohol will explode that many times will open up tastings - for thickness and character – which are no lesser than those of a great Brunello, but more pop.

Other parts of Tuscany? The list is never-ending! Today we will focus on Montepulciano, home of a sweeter Sangiovese, of silky, smooth and gentle tannins. They call it, precisely, Prugnolo Gentile, but it is definitely a Sangiovese. In its highest expression it is the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Noble because this Sangiovese has blue blood: it whispers, it doesn’t scream. A different Sangiovese, certainly, but ideal for the more refined palates looking for subtelty, with balanced power. Unmissable.

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Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico 2016 (2 bottles)

Red. Tenuta Perano - Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Classico, Italy Sangiovese

Bottle: 13.33 € club members / 15.20 € non-members


Eight centuries and thirty generations of excellence in Tuscan wine: this is the profile of the Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. An Italian wine empire which, with recent acquisitions, produce more than 6,000,000 bottles per year and 1,200 hectares of vineyards. Despite these large numbers, the Frescobaldis must still be recognised as having a very strong territorial identity, which translates into wines expressed at the highest levels in each territory.

The Tenuta Perano is the flagship of the Frescobaldi properties in Chianti Classico. It is located in Gaiole, one of the most suitable towns in the area, where the Sangiovese vines struggle at the altitude limit of 500 metres above sea level and produce fruit which is typically slow-ripening and rich in acids and minerals. Exposures and slopes produce wines with intense fruity aromas, with a great tannic structure but permeated by an elegant vibration.

The vineyards, which are on soils rich in stones, foreshadow wines of great verticality, therefore, thanks to the high hill climate. Aged skillfully partly in wood and finally in bottles, Chianti Classico represents the quintessence of the Frescobaldi production philosophy, with a clean and clear style, and at the same time of the territory.

With its bright purple colour, it expresses a bouquet on the nose that alternates floral scents with notes of wild berries and cherries, which gradually give way to balsamic nuances and a delicate spiciness. The tannic freshness and texture are surprising on the palate, which elegantly caress and slowly envelop the palate. Persistent and intense even in the finish, it leaves the palate clean and fresh.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico 2016
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Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 (2 bottles)

Red. Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Italy Sangiovese

Bottle: 19.80 € club members / 22.50 € non-members


Founded in 1974, today the Avignonesi winery is owned by the Belgian entrepreneur Virginie Saverys, at the helm since 2009. Titanic effort? Certainly. But also fortunate and far-sighted, because Virginie has taken the reins of a patrimony that has in fact given birth to the modern and contemporary Nobile di Montepulciano. The principles that inspire the company are undoubtedly uncompromising style and territoriality, with the continuous stimulus of experimentation both in the vineyard and in the cellar.

After obtaining organic certification, the first and indispensable goal of the new owners, today they work on biodynamic experiments among the vineyards of Montepulciano towards Cortona. The merit of Virginie is in fact to project the district of Montepulciano, and the Avignonesi winery in particular, towards the most recent frontiers in terms of technology and sustainability.

The most typical wine of the winery is naturally in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano vintage. A product that is always centred, correct and insightful, that best expresses the typicality of the local Sangiovese: the Prugnolo Gentile, a more graceful and docile variant of the variety. Intense ruby ​​but never hypertrophic, on the nose it is all centred on elegance, with notes of violet, marasca cherry, sweet spices, and with more austere and earthy notes in the finish.

On the palate it is consistent: with a graceful and subtle style, it is sharp and rich, with silky tannins and overall envelopment. Merit of Avignonesi's savoir faire in the truly masterful use of wood, which in this case takes the form of barriques and large barrels in two years.

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015
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Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2014 (2 bottles)

Red. Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, Italy Sangiovese

Bottle: 26.84 € club members / 31.00 € non-members


Since 1978 Castello Banfi has embodied the largest project in Tuscany which has reconciled terroir and technological innovation. Founded by two Italian-American brothers John and Harry Mariani in the late 1970s, the winery quickly became an empire of Italian wine, with mind-boggling numbers: about 10 million bottles produced each year and over 800 hectares of property. Castello Banfi has thus fully acquired the role of ambassador in the world of Italian and Tuscan excellence in particular.

The style, centred on the enological correctness of the product, has always embraced the best compromise between identity and modern taste. In this sense, the winery has certainly been able to interpret times and seasons, masterfully combining sometimes opposing needs. As a result, production has expanded enormously, reaching all the most significant areas of Tuscany.

Among these Montalcino certainly stands out, where the winery still has its headquarters, in Poggio alle Mura, near the wonderful castle overlooking the small village. Brunello is perhaps the most direct and clean expression of the winery’s style. It comes from different vineyards, located between 200 and 350 metres above sea level, and benefits from ageing in wood which is made up of 70% large barrels and 30% barrique, a clear indication of the modernising orientation of the product.

Wood, it must be said, which is perfectly integrated, starting from the colour of the wine, which still appears strongly ruby. The bouquet is fruity and jammy, with ferrous and ethereal echoes of rubber and caoutchouc. There is also a more developed subtext, which recalls, in addition to sweet spices like cinnamon, skins and animal notes. Consistent with the style, the tannin is already quite domesticated, and, although supported by a fine acidic shoulder, the wine flows with enveloping pleasure.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2014
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