Castiglion del Bosco

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We are welcomed by girls: they look like the Amazons, young and beautiful, professional and with a strong personality.

Sabine is of Danish origin, with long blond hair and typically foreign gab but a very good Italian. She is the reception manager.

Cecilia Leoneschi is the winemaker, black hair tied back and slightly disheveled by the wind, with blacks curls and striking contour that give her a distinct Arabic appearance.

From the bus in the vineyard

Allegra Casini guides us into the village:

tall and slender, attentive and professional, she's dark hair, almost jet black, she seems to come straight out of a painting by Goya and her essential features remind me the Modigliani women.

The only exception is the responsible for sales: Mark Paier, a lean and tall man, who could be an actor.

Castiglion del Bosco since 2003 is owned by Massimo Ferragamo. Clearly, the passion for fashion leads, perhaps unconsciously, to choose the people who work for you with great care for the appearance, as well as the expertise and the resume.

The first visit is in the vineyard with Cecilia. The property is vast: 1,700 hectares, 1,200 of which are woods. The vineyards cover only 43 hectares. The land is rocky, almost mountain at an altitude from 500 to 650 meters a.s.l, facing mainly south east.

Cecilia Leoneschi, the winemaker, in the village

The grapes are “Sangiovese grosso” for Brunello and Sangiovese for others. The most important Cru is Campo al Drago, on the top of the hill.

Other grape varieties are Merlot, Cabernet, Petit Verdot. The white grapes for the Chardonnay are bought.

On the property there are twenty houses, nine of which have been renovated. Each of them is equipped with swimming pool and has three to six bedrooms. The season runs from spring to mid-autumn. There is a golf course with 18 holes.

Walking in the village

The cellar is a new building but well designed. From afar it looks like a cathedral (in the form it vaguely reminds me of St. Antimo), with a long body and a central tower, like a bell tower.

In the lower floors below ground there is the wine cellar with the barrels, of which only 20% of new wood, but the main part of the wine is aging in barrels of 30 hectoliters.

Wine tasting:

1) Brunello 2008

Ruby red color perfect prelude to an intense fruity nose and persistent, very clean. In the mouth it feels fresh, but already full and persistent. It leaves a mild astringent note and a touch of bitter slightly unwelcome (83 points).

2) Brunello 2007

Ruby red color bright and alive. The nose perceives at first the note of vanilla, followed by a discreet fruity. There is still a hint of tar slightly unpleasant that penalizes finesse. The taste is warm, full, fairly persistent. It should open (81).

3) Campo del Drago Brunello 2007

Warm and bright ruby red color, the nose immediately feels the complexity that goes from the fruity blueberry, raspberry and cherry and spicy with notes also of tobacco. In the mouth it gratifies you with a nice freshness and right acidity, you feel it persistent, full and harmonious, with a hint of ripe cherry and slightly astringent denoting youth. Ready for further improvement (87)

4) Campo del Drago Brunello 2006

Ruby red color slightly clear. The nose is clean, with a strong fruity, ripe cherry and spicy note. In the mouth it is very elegant, good harmony, fairly full and persistent with a hint of red plum (86)

5) Prima Pietra 2009

The blend includes Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 10%. Aged in barrels for 18 months.

Color ruby red with purple nail. The nose feels the hint of vanilla and behind the blueberry and a slight vegetal note. On the palate it feels warm, full, fairly harmonious. It is penalized by a note of astringent aftertaste, which betrays the persistent youth. (Aging in the bottle should improve it, meanwhile I give 84)

Cecilia gives us some figures on the production: Brunello 80,000 bottles, Campo del Drago5,000, Rosso Montalcino 40,000, other labels 50,000.

The foreign market absorbs 90% of production, half of which goes to the United States, one-third in Europe and the rest in Asia.

A last stop in the temple of the wine: a circular room where the guests can have their own niche to keep the wine they buy.

They can leave the bottles in the crate or arrange them on a wooden sliding shelf, but it will be kept in the best conditions.

Walking through the alleys and farm buildings you can enjoy a beautiful view on Montalcino and the Val D'Orcia. The Village and other facilities count a total of 23 suites and 118 beds.

We visit one of the suites with spa, luxurious furnishings with attention to detail, outdoor spaces, spacious rooms and top quality materials. Over 100 square meters available in every suite.

In the village there is also a beautiful church, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, with a fresco by Pietro Lorenzetti (1345) and a stone statue of the saint.

San Michele Arcangelo church, with Pietro Lorenzetti fresco (1345) inside

For lunch we are on two round tables on the covered veranda of the Osteria La Canonica, overlooking the lawn and the kitchen where the chef Enrico Figliuolo, with his helpers, is busy to cook the hot bread which is going to be served with the food.

We begin with an aperitif of their Chardonnay, cool and pleasant, accompanied by cold cuts. Then sliced vegetables in oil dip, with their excellent freshly pressed oil.

Then a "soup" of pecorino cheese, artichokes and black truffle. It is a delicious salad, the cheese was transformed in fondue and then you can eat it with a spoon and the multicolored leaves serve to give volume to the dish.

With the Brunello di Montalcino 2007 Enrico has prepared a Peposo of beef with Brunello, polenta and vegetables with chilli, a perfect match for a tender and tasty meat.

To finish creme brulee with raspberries, perfect.

We leave this Eden.

Photo credits: Gabriella Repetto

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