Elena Fucci's Aglianico del Vulture 'Titolo': "Potentially One of the World's Greatest Wines"
It is no secret that Elena Fucci is Basilicata’s superstar producer. Basilicata still flies too often under the radar in the south of Italy, tucked between the Calabria and Puglia regions between the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. Since she began making wine in 2000 to save her family vineyard from being sold off, she has also become a darling of the critics as well.
Italian expert, Ian D'Agata (Vinous Media) raves, “Aglianico del Vulture is potentially one of the world’s—not just Italy’s—greatest wines and no single bottling demonstrates its quality better than the Titolo.”
Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate calls her, “a beacon of hope and a symbol of the greatness that can be achieved in this forgotten land.”
Elena and her father Salvatore started bottling their own wine in 2000 (they previously had been selling off the fruit) after facing the choice to either sell the beloved family vineyard or start making their own wine. This choice was the catalyst that started Elena down the road of winemaking; she joined a viticulture and oenology course and began working in the vineyard with her father.
They have a lot of old vines (60+ years old) with some younger vineyards planted from massal selections of their oldest vines. This unique site on the south side of the Vulture mountain has many layers of volcanic soil: lapilli, ash, lava and layers of clay which translates into complexity in the wine.
Elena made the brave choice to focus on only one single vineyard wine, ‘Titolo’, envisioning it as a cru that would bring to the forefront the quality that could be made in Basilicata. In 2013 she made her first Riserva from the same vineyard, which has now been released (only 400 magnums made in total), to knockout reviews from wine writers.
Her 2015 Aglianico del Vulture 'Titolo' runs £25 per bottle in bond, which is an absolutely stunning price for a wine of this quality, while the magnums of the Superiore Riserva runs £140 per magnum in bond and are sure to cellar spectacularly.
We suggest you take Ian d’Agata’s advice: “Wine lovers owe it to themselves to hunt down Fucci’s knockout Aglianico del Vulture Titolo, as it ranks with the best that Italy has to offer”.
2015 Aglianico del Vulture 'Titolo'
£150 per 6 in bond
£25 per bottle in bond
“Here’s another great vintage from Elena Fucci, the ascending star of a rising wine region in the deep south of Italy. The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo shows a dark garnet color and robust appearance. Very characteristic of this extreme territory, this is a dark and penetrating wine with etched mineral notes behind blackberry, plum and savory spice. This vintage presents an even darker quality of fruit. In the mouth, you get iron, blood and dark mineral nuances that are absolutely typical of these darkened volcanic soils. This wine needs more time to integrate in the bottle before you pop the cork.”
Monica Larner, 92 points, The Wine Advocate
|2013 Aglianico del Vulture 'Titolo' Superiore Riserva
£140 per magnum in bond
“The 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Riserva Titolo is a dark and savory expression with an evolved and profound bouquet that covers all the bases. It offers dried fruit and blackberry with smoke, ash and crushed river stone. That mineral identity is the wine’s most important defining characteristic. Aglianico tends to deliver astringent tannins, but this Riserva shows excellent integration and structural management. A new benchmark wine for southern Italy has just been created”.
97 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate