For over a century, four generations of the Sassetti family have farmed and made wine in Montalcino. Livio worked the historic property through the late 1970s, then purchased the 16-hectare (39.53 acres) Podere Pertimali vineyard. The now–famous Podere is in the Montosoli area, north of Montalcino, an area recognized for the cultivation of the Sangiovese grape.
In 1967, Livio was among the founders of the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, which was the same year the DOC(G) system was written into law. In 1968 he built a terracotta wall in his cellar to preserve the old vintages of the wines produced by the family. Today, that collection consists of almost 1,000 bottles, with vintages dating back to 1915. Dedicated to the land, Livio has over time rehabilitated and expanded the vineyards, preserving the genetic heritage of the old vines and preserving the primigenial characteristics.
In 1999, the Sassetti family acquired La Querciolina a beautiful property located in the Maremma within the Montecucco DOC. They also work with a small property in Colle Argento located in the Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG region.
Today, the estates are managed by Lorenzo Sassetti, Livio’s son, fourth generation family member and acclaimed winemaker. Together with his wife Sabina they passionately uphold the family name and reputation. Lorenzo’s wines have deep roots in their respective terroirs. The wines are invigorating, aromatic, powerful styles that dance on the palate. Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino is a collector’s wine. A true benchmark.
Grapes / Soils
|Wine||Blend||Vine Age||Soil Type||Vineyard Area ha or acres|
|Montecucco Rosso DOC||100% Sangiovese Grosso della Maremma||Planted 2000||Volcanic soil||12 ha|
- Volcanic soils
- Vines planted 2000
- Training systems are spurred cordon
- Planting density is 7000 vines per ha
Fresh and fruity. Aromas of little red fruits, herbs and sweet spices. Well balanced.
Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso della Maremma; Vines age – planted 2000; alcohol 14%; volcanic vineyard soils; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures 28 – 29° C; maceration for 10 – 12 days; aged 6 months in 33ha barrels; aged 6 months in bottle.
- 100% Sangiovese Grosso della Maremma
- Alcohol: 14%
- Grapes gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28 – 29 °C
- Maceration for 10 – 12 days
- Aged 6 months in 33hl Slavonian oak barrels
- Aged in bottle 6 months
A firm and silky red with berries and a hint of chocolate. Some coffee, too. Medium body, firm yet polished tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.
The bouquet is dark and earthy in the best possible way, as savory herbs give way to crushed black cherry, encased in an air of smoky minerals, sous-bois, and hints of animal musk. The 2016 La Querciolina Montecucco Rosso then floods the palate with silky textures, offset by cool-toned red fruits and minerals, riding a core of brisk acids. It finishes with medium length yet brimming with energy, as a mix of savory spice and minerality slowly tapers off, leaving just a hint of dried cranberry. This is gorgeous and an amazing value. 2020 – 2026
A family with four generations of winemaking certainly has the talent to craft balanced, evocative wines and this one, made 100% Sangiovese Grosso della Maremma is no exception. It is full-bodied, with medium tannins, lovely structure and dense notes of black cherry fruit laced with sweet spices. – Katie Kelly Bell, “The Best Italian Wines for Your Summer Barbecue”
|Appellation(s)||Montalcino, Montecucco, Valdobbiadene|
|Proprietors||Lorenzo Sassetti & Sabina La Brusco Sassetti|
|Annual Production||13,250 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Following organic principles, not certified|