Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2019 - IN BOND

conti costanti brunello - wimbledon wine cellar

The Costanti family has owned this 10-hectare estate in Montalcino for over 200 years.  In the latter part of the 19th century, Count Tito Costanti [1827-1895], Clementi Santi and Ferruccio Biondi Santi were pioneers in Montalcino. Tito was producing wines made from a single Sangiovese clone locally known as Brunello and very early on, Tito distinguished his wines from others by referring to them as such. In August 1870, Tito presented his first Brunellos from the 1865 and 1869 harvests at the Exhibition of the Province of Siena. 

Andrea Costanti inherited it from his uncle in the mid-1980s and has worked hard to make Conti Costanti one of the best producers in the region. The Conti Costanti style is characterised by striking elegance and intensity, combining Montalcino's characteristic power with a fragrancy derived from high-elevation vineyards in the northern part of the zone. These vineyards are planted over 400 metres above sea level on galestro soil, which is typical of the area. This friable rock soil also found in Chianti Classico, is particularly suited to producing top-quality Sangiovese. 

Seven hectares of Sangiovese are dedicated to the production of Brunello wines, while one and a half hectares produce the estate’s Rosso, grown on lower, sandier sites at the base of the Montosoli hill. The remaining area under vine is planted with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields are kept well under the maximum authorised threshold to produce Brunello and the Sangiovese vines range between 6 to 25 years of age.  

2019 VINTAGE REPORT

The 2019 growing season began with a  rainy, cold spring with slow shoot growth and late flowering, followed by a hot, dry June and July. Around mid-July, northern winds cooled temperatures, further aided by a refreshing rainstorm. August was hot and dry, with additional rain showers towards the end of the month, providing ideal ripening conditions in the last days leading up to harvest.

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG 2019

Sangiovese grapes were fermented on their skins, in stainless-steel tanks, for two weeks at controlled temperatures. After fermentation, the resulting wine was aged in oak for a total of 36 months, 12 of which were in 5-hectolitre Allier medium-toasted tonneaux and the remaining 24 months in 30-hectolitre Slavonian barrels. The final wine was then bottled and aged in the cellar for a further 12 months prior to release.

100 points – Kerin O’Keefe, November 2023, Kerinokeefe.com

“The 2019 Brunello from Costanti is breathtakingly gorgeous. Combining the intensity of the vintage and the hallmark finesse that defines the wines of this historic estate, this is a wine Brunello lovers will want in their cellars. It opens with heady aromas of fragrant blue flower, woodland berry, forest floor and new leather that on the palate segue into juicy Marasca cherry, wild raspberry, blood orange, menthol and baking spice. Firm, ultra-refined tannins offer support while bright acidity keeps it beautifully balanced and vibrant. What. A. Stunner”

18+ points – Walter Speller, November 2023, JancisRobinson.com

“Lustrous ruby. Concentrated fruit with minerally notes and grows increasingly complex in the glass. Full yet elegant on the palate with finely chiselled tannins. Breathtaking balance. Simply gorgeous, but far from ready. Montalcino nobility”

96 points – Eric Guido, November 2023, Vinous.com

“The 2019 Brunello di Montalcino is impossible to ignore. Clove and a dusting of savory spice complicate a beguiling crushed black cherry and strawberry bouquet. This presents textures of pure silk, ushering in ripe red fruits and inner florals that stain the palate in youthful concentration. The 2019 tapers off dramatically, leaving a bed of grippy tannins to grumble on as licorice and orange hints slowly fade”

Stocks should arrive by March 2024

Wine Features

Country: 
Vintage: 
2019
Dominant Grape: 
Sangiovese
Case Size: 
6
Bottle Size: 
75cl
Type: 
Red
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£300.00 a case (6 x 75cl)