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Jacopo Biondi Santi Castello di Montepò Sangiovese Maceone Toscana 2019  - First Bottle


98 Decanter -
This 100% Sangiovese from the Biondi-Santi family's Castello di Montepò estate in Tuscany's Maremma is a wine I can't stop thinking about since first tasting it in October of 2023. 'Maceone' is one of three distinct identified Crus of the 599-hectare Montepò estate. The others are Fontecanese and Poggio Ferro. I tasted all three of these forthcoming 2019 vintage releases - the first iteration of these Cru-labeled wines - which will be available in 2024. The Fontecanese (Cabernet Sauvignon-based) and Poggio Ferro (Sangiovese) are absolutely perfect, seamless wines, built for the ages, compact, and tightly knit. The Maceone is more giving and inviting today and is a viscerally thrilling red comprised entirely of the BBS 11 Sangiovese clone, planted on galestro soils between 268 and 304 metres. Native yeast fermentation and ageing in T5 barriques reveal an absolutely enticing nose that, with a bit of aeration, brings a cacophony of darkberry flavours to the surface, along with red currants, cigar box, tea leaves, black liquorice, and expressive garrigue notes. A splendid medium- to full-bodied core of crushed stone minerals supports pure blackberry and black cherry fruits, spiced plums, sandalwood, and unsmoked tobacco, all caressed by polished, satiny tannins and framed by a firm spine of juicy acidity. Seek these out. Number one of my top 10 wines of 2023.
98 Tasting Panel -
The 100% BBS I I Clone Sangiovese that yielded this wine planted on mostly Galestro soils with some clay in the estate's east-facing Maceone plot, which sits between 880 and over 1,000 feet in elevation; it was fermented with native yeast and aged in T5 barriques. Aromas of deeply brooding blackerry, cedarwood, cassis, licorice, grilled herbs, and new leather introdude a full-bodied red featuring notes of espresso bean, cacao nib, graphite, and crushed rocks. Blood-orange acidity shows beautiful length with saline minerals and glassy, obsidian like tannins. Long, powerful finish.

Technical Details

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationTuscany
  • Farming MethodSustainable Practices
  • Alcohol15%

Jacopo Biondi Santi Castello di Montepò Sangiovese Maceone Toscana 2019

Sangiovese  |  Italy
TP98, DC98

Sustainable Practices

We scored first access to these wines here in the USA – perhaps the most collectible new Italian wine to hit the market in quite some time! Super limited!

This plot is on the opposite side of the estate from Poggio Ferro, with an east/west orientation, on clay marl soils leading to drastically different wines. The winemaking is the same, the clonal material and aging regiment the same, but this wine is richer, rounder, with a spicy, almost hedonistic depth, and a warm, savory character. Despite the same age of the vines (20-25 years old) as Poggio Ferro – these are the thicker and more developed of the two, and the wine showcases this exceptionally well. Dusty cherries, savory smoky notes, with dried flowers, and cassis, then heady notes of licorice, grilled herbs, new leather, mushrooms, and truffles, all with a salty, graphite finish, and a final note of roasting coffee beans. It’s immensely layered and just starting to open up...yet shows best after a long decant, and with the staying power of decades to come. This is the sleeper in the bunch – don’t be surprised if it ends up being your favorite.

About the Producer

Castello di Montepò was purchased in the 1980s, and meticulously planted by Jacopo Biond-Santi. Only about 10 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, and twenty miles south of Montalcino, this stunning property shares the famous galestro soils of Chianti, with a mixture of silt, and clay deposits that add diversity to the myriad blocks spread over 120+ acres of vineyards. Jacopo’s son, Tancredi, heads up the project today, guided by his father and a passion to create a new benchmark for Maremma. This is THE winery to watch in Tuscany.