2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gianni Brunelli

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Le Chiuse di Sotto from Gianni Brunelli, is the sort of wine that you’re only able to discover by going there and speaking to the winemakers.


For any Italian wine fan, this stands-out as a phenomenal buy:

  • It’s from a great year for Brunello and with over a decade of maturity is starting to show beautifully. We loved it and so did Galloni at his tasting in 2010, calling it “magnificent.”
  • Aged Brunello from the property’s cellars and with perfect provenance is near impossible to find. This was therefore a tremendous surprise given that only 830 cases were ever made.
  • Considering how good it is, the low production and maturity, this price is exceptional. 
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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (from vines in Podernovone) is a magnificent wine. Super-ripe, racy dark raspberries, flowers and sweet spices emerge from this impeccably balanced Brunello. In 2004 the Riserva reveals gorgeous transparency and clarity to match the generous fruit. The wine’s inner sweetness, richness and depth are all first-rate, while the firm tannins convey an impression of elegant classicism. The 2004 Riserva shuts down quickly in the glass but the fruit is so primary the wine should have no trouble aging. Regrettably, I never met Gianni Brunelli and tasting his 2004 Riserva makes me doubly sorry for that. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. ||These are two exceptional Brunellos from the late Gianni Brunelli and his estate, Le Chiuse di Sotto. Readers who enjoy traditionally made Brunellos will find much to admire here. Wine Advocate.April, 2010

Laura runs the estate named after her late husband, Gianni Brunelli, and this is an estate with a real family feel to it: there is some love here. The estate, where a new winery and cellar are being discreetly constructed, is on the south-facing side of Montalcino, though Laura owns vineyards on both sides of the village and this contributes to the remarkable consistency here from year to year.

Our companion here told us that the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from this estate was one of his favourite wines of all time, and was rather put to the test when Laura opened a bottle for us. To his relief, it performed. This is an impeccable wine, one that begs to be drunk rather than merely tasted.

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