Castiglion del Bosco Millecento Brunello
June 30, 2016, Bruce Sanderson
“Austere and monolithic, with new oak framing the cherry and blackberry fruit. Shows an element of ripe fruit sweetness midpalate, finishing with a solid structure and excellent length. The oak integrates with aeration, but this remains a thoroughly modern style of Brunello. Best from 2018 through 2032. 800 cases made.”
The Wine Advocate
March 3, 2016, Monica Larner
“The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento shows a level of extreme elegance and harmony that I did not find in the 2008 vintage of this same wine. The fact that 2010 is a better vintage is an obvious asset, but I believe that the folks at Castiglion del Bosco have generally switched to a more streamlined wine style across their entire portfolio. This is a very welcome change. The bouquet opens slowly to reveal wild berry, balsam herb and pressed flowers. The wine is more vertical in approach than it is horizontal. In other words, the aromas lift gracefully with balanced intensity and buoyancy. I also suspect that this wine will promise a much longer aging potential compared to past incarnations.”
Castiglion del Bosco is one of the most prominent producers in Montalcino, both for the history of the estate and for its size, with 5,000 acres unchanged in the last 400 years. In 1967, when the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino was born, Castiglion del Bosco was one of its 25 founding members. This extraordinary property whose origin dates back to the 12th century was acquired by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, who in turn totally restored the property to its original glory.
Riserva Millecento is the highest expression of Sangiovese from the Capanna vineyard. First released with the 2004 vintage and produced only in exceptional growing years, this Brunello Riserva is the fruit of a meticulous selection of estate-grown grapes. It matures in four of the barrels from the Le Chêne de Morat, the famous centuries-old oak from which French coopers made 120 barrels.
Millecento Brunello Riserva is harvested in mid-October and spends 20-25 days in stainless steel tanks at 82.4°F. The wine matures for 36 months in French oak barriques: 35% new, and 65% once or twice used. The wine is then aged in bottle between 24 and 36 months. The entire vinification process is carried out in Castiglion del Bosco’s cellar, completely gravity-fed.
Millecento Brunello Riserva has a truly distinctive personality and is a complex, warm-toned, and seductive wine.
2010 was characterized by cool temperatures and rainfalls during spring, which brought a delay in the budding along with a powerful vegetative growth. A warm summer balanced the growing year, but the color change was still 10 days delayed. This lead to a very good ripening of the grapes that showed great tannic structure, elegance, and harmony.
Each parcel was harvested separately to reach the maximum potential of the unique characteristics of the different exposures. The southeast side brings elegance, finesse, and acidity, while the southwest gives complexity and longevity.
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Harvest Start Date: October 12, 2010
Aging: 36 months in 30hl French oak barrels and 6 months in cement tanks