The Riserva 1955 is the only Italian wine included among the twelve best of the twentieth century in the ranking of Wine Spectator, the oenological "bible" of the USA
History in a bottle!
A museum piece that reflects the pioneering efforts from the patriarch of Brunello di Montalcino. This rare bottle of Biondi Santi was produced by the late Tancredi Biondi Santi and was graded 100 points by Franco Biondi Santi, for its ability to age 100+ years and is arguably the greatest Brunello produced!
The wine is considered to be one of the greatest from the estate.
The Riserva 1955 was awarded by the American review Wine Spectator as ´The best Italian wine in the world of the XX century´.
These bottles were recorked in 2000 by the estate itself (signed document) and should be placed vertically at least one week before serving, so that the coloured sediments drop to the bottom. Uncork and pour out a bit of wine from the bottles at least 8 hours before serving.
The “Riserva” is produced from Greppo’s Sangiovese vineyards of over 25 years of age and is made only in exceptionally good years. The grapes are selected from altitudes of 300 to 500 meters. The “Riserva” is aged 36 months in Slavonian oak casks. The basic characteristic of the Brunello of Greppo Biondi Santi is its longevity, even over a hundred years.
In 1969, Italy’s President Giuseppe Saragat served Biondi Santi Brunello Riserva 1955 to Queen Elizabeth and other dignitaries at the Italian Embassy in London. The wine was a great success, reportedly also with the Queen, and the event generated articles on Brunello in both Italian and English newspapers.