Tenuta Le Potazzine

This estate is owned and run by the warm and affectionate Gigliola and her two daughters Viola and Sofia (named ‘Le Potazzine’ by their grandmother). It has established itself as producing some of the purist, most elegant and ethereal Brunellos that you can find. Located in the heart of the commune of Montalcino, it comprises two vineyards - the main one totalling four hectares surrounding the winery at Le Prata where the vines are at 500 metres altitude and produce grapes of freshness and vitality. The second plot was acquired more recently and consists of twenty year old vines further south at La Torre. The grapes from here tend to be richer and fuller in style which makes for a great combination, bringing both fruit and textural complexity to the equation. It’s funny that twenty years ago everyone wanted vines in the warmer area but now, thanks to climate change, the three ladies are sitting pretty with their sought after cool plot. The wines are amongst the very best in the region, where there are now around 250 estates, having only been about a quarter of that number 20 years ago. Complex, detailed and wonderfully long and refined, these are great wines.

Winemaker: Viola Gorelli

Hectares: 5 hectares

Website: www.lepotazzine.it

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    Medium ruby with garnet hues - lighter in colour but not in flavour profile. A very fragrant and attractive nose of wild red berries and rose petals. Ethereal on the palate, this vintage will delight those who enjoy elegance and graceful expression of Sangiovese.

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    Le Potazzine is a mere five hectares of vines, four of which are located around the cellar. The rest comes from a planting further south which helps add an extra dimension and level of complexity to the wines. Previously this wine was aged in stainless steel but now it is aged in large oak foudres, though not new. It is all about purity, refinement and balance with coolness of fruit and stylish tannins. Drink from 2015.

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    The quality of this blew us away, so much that we ordered it in bottles, magnums and jeroboams! This has good colour, with ripe aromas of sweet blackberry, wild cherry and fresh flowers. Lots of aromatic and flavour complexity. Fresh acidity keeps the palate clean and melds into a long, precise elegant finish. Antonio Galloni has always said “I believe that Le Potazzine make one of Montalcino’s best Rosso wines of all” and we certainly agree with him.

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    The quality of this blew us away, so much that we ordered it in bottles, magnums and jeroboams! This has good colour, with ripe aromas of sweet blackberry, wild cherry and fresh flowers. Lots of aromatic and flavour complexity. Fresh acidity keeps the palate clean and melds into a long, precise elegant finish. Antonio Galloni has always said “I believe that Le Potazzine make one of Montalcino’s best Rosso wines of all” and we certainly agree with him.

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    The quality of this blew us away, so much that we ordered it in bottles, magnums and jeroboams! This has good colour, with ripe aromas of sweet blackberry, wild cherry and fresh flowers. Lots of aromatic and flavour complexity. Fresh acidity keeps the palate clean and melds into a long, precise elegant finish. Antonio Galloni has always said “I believe that Le Potazzine make one of Montalcino’s best Rosso wines of all” and we certainly agree with him.

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    Strawberry and cherry fruit combined with bright cherry acidity. The warmth of the vintage gives volume and breadth but the structure is redolent of their cool site (570m asl). This skillfully made Rosso demonstrates why they consistently produce one of the top Rosso`s in Montalcino.