We have long been fans of Livio Sassetti's wines and we are not alone, with James Suckling ranking their Brunello amongst his top wines on multiple occasions and Robert Parker even suggesting it might be his desert island wine. It's not just Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, though: they also make varietal Chardonnay and a Montecucco Rosso, a rarely seen Sangiovese-based DOC neighbouring Montalcino; this is well worth a try.

In all vintages, Sassetti's style shows incredible elegance and it's surely only their tiny production quantities that pose a barrier to global renown. We have worked with Sassetti for many years now and are delighted to have access to an awesome selection of current and older vintages direct from their cellars.

“Our Italian Wine of the Year has to be the 2016 Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino… it represents extraordinary quality – 100 points. I judge young wines by their structure and depth in the mid-palate, but most importantly by their finish and the Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino 2016 seems to have an almost endless finish. It’s exceptional in every way. Lorenzo and his wife Sabina Sassetti are masters in their vineyards and cellar, making perfectly proportioned Brunellos” — James Suckling

“I am beginning to think that if I had only one Brunello di Montalcino to drink, it would have to be Pertimali. This producer has been making spectacular wines since 1982. Unfortunately, quantities are microscopic, making availability a major roadblock” — Robert Parker

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Why we like it:

• Amazing wines, revered by both James Suckling and Robert Parker.
• Tiny quantities produced.
• Direct from the winery.

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