Brother and sister team Laura and Adriano Brunelli bought back their father’s old property – Le Chiuse di Sotto – to the north of Montalsin in 1987 with its 2ha of Sangiovese. They added the 4.5ha of Podernovone on Montalcino’s South-Eastern slopes in the mid 90s where they completed their ecological winery, using modern solar along with some ancient Etruscan building methods to sustainably limit the building’s carbon footprint.
Le Chiuse di Sotto – Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018
“The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of capturing the essence and the spirit of Sangiovese, a grape that delivers infinitely nuanced and complex results when in the right hands. This wine reveals wild cherry, blue violet, blood orange, rusty nail and sweet earth. There is a hint of scorched earth or baked clay that underlines the warmest months in this growing cycle. The results are balanced and fresh. I’ve mentioned alcohol content throughout this report, and although the 14% registered here is still quite high, is it below the average for its peers. This is a job very well done. Some 15,700 bottles, 200 magnums and 30 three-liter bottles were released.”2025 – 2042
95+ Points Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, Mar 2023
“The darkly alluring 2018 Brunello di Montalcino grumbles up from the glass, with a mix of crushed plums and black cherries complemented by rubbed sage nuances. It’s soft-textured and deep, engulfing the palate in ripe wild berry fruit and spice, underscored by a savory herbaceous steak. A web of fine tannins is left to linger, creating a truly classic impression, as mentholated herbs and hints of wild strawberry linger on and on. This youthfully masked beauty will only require minimal cellaring to show its best.” 2025 – 2033
93 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous, Oct 2022