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.
Estate vineyards in La Querciolina, Montecucco Rosso DOC.
- Soil: Volcanic
- Vineyard Area: 12 ha / 29.7 acres
- Vine Training System: Spurred Cordon
- Planting Density: 7000/ ha
- Vines Planted: 2000
- Hand harvested mid-September
- Gently crushed
- Fermented 10 – 12 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks 82 – 84ºF
- Aged 6 months in 30hl Slavonian oak barrels
- Aged 6 months in bottle
Intense aromas of blackberries, candied plum, herbs and spices. Fresh and fruity on the palate with earthy mineral notes, fine tannins and a long, silky finish.
100% Sangiovese della Maremma; alcohol: 14.5%; vineyards in La Querciolina, Montecucco DOC; volcanic soils; hand harvested in late September; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures 82-84ºF; maceration about 11 days; aged 6 months in 30hl Slavonian oak; bottle aged 6 months prior to release.
- 100% Sangiovese Grosso della Maremma
- Alcohol: 14%
The Sassetti family’s Montecucco is a relatively new bottling, which they craft from property that they have purchased along the coast in Maremma. The wine is composed entirely from sangiovese and spends six months élevage in large, Slavonian oak botti prior to bottling. The 2019 Montecucco Rosso comes in at 14.5 percent octane and shows off a lovely, ripe and complex aromatic constellation of cherries, plums, cigar smoke, brown spices, a lovely base of soil, discreet notes of cedar from the botti and a fine array of Indian-like spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and nicely transparent down to its soil element, with a good core of fruit, moderate, buried tannins, fine focus and a long, complex and well balanced finish. This is really very lovely wine that is already quite approachable, but will be even better with a few years in the cellar to more properly soften up those backend tannins. Good juice. 2023 – 2040
|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|