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Biondi-Santi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1945

4 bottles per lot
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RARE COLLECTION OF BIONDI-SANTI
Brunello di Montalcino began at Il Greppo, the Biondi-Santi estate, in the nineteenth century. Through the hard work and dedication of Tancredi Biondi-Santi, the wine became the international icon it is today, and in doing so, Brunello lifted Montalcino out of poverty and obscurity and into prosperity and fame. Established in 1880, Biondi-Santi was a winery destined for greatness. Founder Clemente Biondi-Santi launched his family's name in the wine business, but in the late 19th century, with Ferruccio Biondi-Estate, the estate at "Greppo" made its mark in viticulture history. Ferruccio Biondi-Santi took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and produced the first ever Brunello. Ferruccio's son Tancredi made the wine famous, officially classifying it as Brunello, forever changing Italy's place in the wine industry. Tancredi's son Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away last year, brought the estate to ever greater heights, leaving a legacy that few winemakers can rival. Biondi-Santi Brunello's trademark aromatics and acidity can be attributed to the vineyard's altitude that ranges between 1,300-1,600 feet above sea level. Both the Annata and the Riserva undergo fermentation in traditional Slavonian oak for 18 days, followed by aging in large oak casks of 800 to 7,000 liters for a period of two to three years for the Annata, while the Riserva is released six years after the harvest. In April 2013, the wine world lost an icon when Franco Biondi-Santi passed away at the age of 91. The great "Gentleman of Montalcino" might be gone from the world, but his legacy lives on. We are proud to present a historic offer from the cellar of Franco Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo, the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino. Il Greppo holds the greatest Brunello produced, and Italy's most accomplished wines. These wines hold a special place in the hearts of connoisseurs, winemakers, and trade alike. These wines appear on lists with names like "The Top 100 Wines to Experience in a Lifetime," and the vintages of 1955, 1964 and 1975 glow with iconic status. These Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva wines capture the history of the Italian collectible wines, the history of Brunello, and the history of Tancredi and Franco Biondi-Santi. While others might have access to the Biondi-Santi vintages (1955, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1975), only these rare, collectable wines are sourced in a straight line from the temperature-controlled cellars of Il Greppo, to our temperature controlled storage facility. This impeccably sourced Biondi-Santi offer illustrates what sets this offering apart from others. Thanks to the "ricolmata" these bottles were "topped-off" and recorked in the Il Greppo cellars by Franco Biondi Santi with a notary on hand to confirm the legitimacy of the bottling, making it a museum piece for the dedicated wine collector. It's a wine that would be the crown jewel in any important collection, in particular the iconic 1955 and 1975 vintages.
Biondi-Santi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1945
Tuscany
In original carton. Excellent appearance. Levels: top-shoulder or better.
4 bottles per lot
Special notice

‡ For wine offered ‘in bond’ only. If you choose to buy the wine in bond no Excise Duty or Clearance VAT will be charged on the hammer. If you choose to buy the wine out of bond Excise Duty as applicable will be added to the hammer price and Clearance VAT at 20% will be charged on the Duty inclusive hammer price. Whether you buy the wine in bond or out of bond, 20% VAT will be added to the buyer’s premium and shown on the invoice
Sale room notice
This lot contains one bottle at upper-shoulder. The estimate remains the same.
This lot will be available for collection from 24 October onwards

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