At Lea & Sandeman we like balance and rather unwittingly we appear to have struck a lovely equilibrium with our producers in Montalcino. By this I mean we have two in the North of the region and two in the South.
2015 Brunello di Montalcino - A Tuscan Triumph As each week passes, it’s hard to avoid the hype and noise around 2015 Brunello. There have been some really good vintages in the last few years like 2007 and 2010, but there is a strong feeling that 2015 trumps them all – and from our early tastings it is easy to understand the excitement.
It’s the busiest moment of the year for our team as we try to help everyone get the right wines into their glasses as well as the perfect presents into people's stockings for Christmas.
Everyone likes to indulge in a special bottle or three over Christmas and the L&S team is no different. We've all squirrelled away something to savour and share with (appreciative!) friends and family. L&S Top Brass Charles Lea: I'm rather hoping to get a chance to raid the better end of my brother-in-law's cellar - the 2002 Vieux Château Certan was particularly memorable last time.
'A rockstar 2012 vintage for Brunello' 2012, looks to be a fantastic vintage for Brunello di Montalcino. Like 2010, it has been awarded a 5-star rating by the Consorzio Brunello. Walter Speller of JancisRobinson.com was convinced by the number of wines he awarded 17 to 17.5 in his initial tastings (again, Fuligni is rated 17.
‘2011 is another great vintage which could easily have produced a high quality Riserva, but sadly there just wasn't enough fruit to be able to make it.’ These were the words of Roberto Fuligni, who was in London recently to present his new releases, the Brunello 2011 and the Brunello Riserva 2010.
Brilliant '99 point' Brunello - First release of Fuligni's 2010 Riserva 'The year 2010 for Brunello di Montalcino is the greatest modern vintage of Italy’s most famous red wine region. Never have the wines been so profound in quality, character, and quantity from the best hillside vineyards of Montalcino.
On Wednesday 12th February 2014 we are hosting an intimate wine dinner, limited to only eighteen places, in the private dining room of the THOMAS CUBITT in Belgravia, together with Roberto Guerrini Fuligni.
For us, our customers and wine aficionados everywhere, Brunello di Montalcino represents some of the highest quality yet best value fine wine available in the world today. As ever, the inimitable Fuligni house style of purity, lightness of touch and elegance, in no way lacks concentration or intensity of fruit.
Roberto Fuligni came to London this week to launch the new releases of Brunello, the 2006 'Riserva' and the 2007 'normale', and this gave us the perfect opportunity to show off a number of his wines to a select number of journalists and wine buyers over lunch in the private dining room of the River Cafe.