This morning we continue our coverage of the Brunello di Montalcino 2015 vintage, with one of the leading lights, the brilliant Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova. The 2015 vintage is the natural successor to the 2010. James Suckling who has already released his Brunello di Montalcino report considers 2015 to be in the same league ‘as the all-time greats of 1997, 2006, 2007, and 2010.’ As one of the great Estates in Montalcino it comes as no surprise that Casanova di Neri have shaped something special, a wine which Suckling has awarded 99 points. He is effusive about the wine’s ‘purity of fruit in this wine really strikes you with black cherries, combined with sage, lavender and rosemary. Extremely aromatic.’ He goes on to call it ‘Unique. Drinkable already, but this year there’s the structure to last decades.’ Once the other leading critics release their 2015 reports we expect a similar frenzy to the 2010.
We released the 2010 at £485 per case of six, once it had received a perfect score from The Wine Advocate. It has since risen to a market price of £965 per case, following the path of the 2006 which trades above £650 per case. We are thrilled to be able to release a first tranche price of £350 per case of six in bond today, which offers the opportunity to secure an allocation before it sells out and starts secondary market trading. As can be seen from the table below, which contains all vintages since 1999 with a score of 96 or above, that release price today is unmissable. It is a wine that impresses after a few years in bottle carrying it’s charge forth for decades, competing with the world’s greatest wines.
Casanova de Neri was founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who in 1991 handed the reigns down to his son Giacomo and in forty years has established a remarkable reputation. The vineyards consist of 36 hectares divided into four distinctive areas; Le Cetine cited in Sant’Angelo, in Colle; Il Pietradonice in Castelnuovo dell’Abate and Il Cerretalto and Il Fiesole, which are found close to the Estate’s farmhouse, directly facing the hill of Montalcino. Tenuta Nuova is the summit of the Neri family’s winemaking prowess, sourced from the Pietrodonice and Le Cetine vineyards. The Pietrodonice vineyard is sited at 250-300 meters above sea level with a southeast facing exposure. It is one of the most remarkable in the world, as it is planted on an old onyx quarry, rich in Galestro and natural onyx. Le Cetine vineyard is cited 275-320 metres above sea level, with southwest exposure. The soil is rich in galestro, tuffa and clay, surrounded and thus protected by woods. Tenuta Nouva receives the very best grapes form these vineyards, which are rigorously sorted, de-stemmed and passed into the gravity filled fermentation vats. Fermentation is started without using yeast additives and maceration takes place in open conical vats controlled for three to four weeks. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 30 months and then 15 months in bottle.
Casanova de Neri is loved globally, capturing the warmth of the southern reaches of Montalcino. Tenuta Nuova is perennially exceptional. Less than 4,000 cases were made, which equates to fewer than 1,500 for European markets and as one might expect there it will sell out instantly.