by Patrick Sandeman

‘The 2006 vintage for Brunello di Montalcino is the new benchmark for this famous Tuscan appellation and the Sangiovese grape. I can’t think of a better expression of Tuscan wines than the best 2006 Brunello di Montalcinos.‘ James Suckling

Fans of great Sangiovese and great Bordeaux alike will appreciate the quality of these great Brunelli, all the moreso as they age in bottle over the next decade and more. Both Fuligni and Collemattoni are rated as among the top producers, making wines true to the style of traditional Brunello, with an eye to modernity, but without the excessive use of new oak which has momentarily led to a change in style and character of many of the wines in the region.

These are wines that really require at least a few years in bottle (while the 2005 vintage is perfect for drinking now) but with a few hours in a decanter can be enjoyed this year. Collemattoni’s wine is always a little more forward, because of their location and style of winemaking, while Fuligni’s requires more time because of the tighter and finer style. The Riservas will be released next year, but in the meantime, these are definitely a good buy for the cellar.

This is a PRE-RELEASE OFFER which will end on March 15th 2011, and the wines will be delivered shortly therafter.

BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO 2006 Eredi Fuligni

Sweet flowers, with blueberries and blackberries on the nose. Toffee and creme brulee. So complex and subtle with everything there. Full and very velvety with soft and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Beautiful polish to this wine. Best after 2013. 96 points. James Suckling

offer price: £324.00 case 12x.75cl excluding Vat (£300.00 In Bond) or £360.00 case 6 magnums excluding Vat (£330.00 In Bond)

BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO 2006 Collemattoni

I love the aromas of strawberry pie and cream, with hints of dried berries. Full bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit. Long and beautiful. Succulent. Hard not to drink now, but will improve with age. Decadent. Made from organic grapes. 93 points. James Suckling

offer price: £255.00 case 12x.75cl excluding Vat (£235.00 In Bond) or £288.00 case 6 magnums excluding Vat (£264.00 In Bond)

PRE-SHIPMENT OFFER VALID until March 15th 2011


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