Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona is a producer renowned for compelling expressions of forceful Brunello, a trickle of which comes to Australian shores. The trickle was reduced to a drop by the critical pronouncement of 2015 as among the very finest Brunello vintages to date. Soaring demand among Italian wine lovers and fine wine collectors alike ensued.
Ciacci Piccolomini is steeped in an aristocratic history dating from the 17th century, belied by the agrarian roots of the wines and their humble makers, a family of farmers to which the entire estate was bequeathed as recently as 1985. It was Countess Ciacci who gifted her propitiously situated 220-hectare estate, on the south-east hillside of Montalcino, to her beloved farm-hand, Giuseppe Bianchini.
Today, his children Paolo and Lucia oversee the scenic tapestry resembling a Renaissance picture of bucolic woods filled with game, a picturesque town resplendent with a fortress as its cultural hub and of course, splendid vineyards in the midst of the Val d’Orcia National Park, a UNESCO heritage site.
The 55.5 hectares planted to vine are dedicated to Sangiovese Grosso, the finest iteration of Sangiovese. Facing south in a warmer mesoclimate, the refraction and reflection capacities of ancient shale interspersed with the water-absorption properties of calcareous marl and an altitude between 240 and 360 metres make for a confluence of all the elements intrinsic to superlative Brunello across two expressions, both from the single Pianrosso vineyard: the signature Brunello and an abstemiously selected single parcel Pianrosso cuvée offered in prodigious vintages only.
These elements are maximised in tank for the first fermentation before articulation across a phalanx of traditional Slavonian wood during extended periods of ageing: 24 months for the proprietary Brunello and 36 months for the Pianrosso.
The Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 gleaned 98 points from James Suckling and 95 from Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate, respectively. Larner opined that ‘...the taste profile follows the soft contours and beautiful horizons that characterise this beautiful part of Tuscany.’
The single parcel selection, Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015, scored a whopping 100 points and 96 from the same two Italian experts. Suckling notes a ‘...decadent undertone of meat and spice...’ Larner, ‘...a big impact thanks to a streamlined and polished texture.’
We can offer access to our cache of Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunellos in twin-packs: the estate’s signature wine and the richer, formidably detailed single parcel offering. There are a meagre 60 bottles of each! It is noteworthy that one in four bottles of Brunello ends up in the United States, the world’s largest fine wine market. Wines from the best makers, dispersed to those perspicacious and quick enough to get their hands on them elsewhere, are extremely rare.