This phenomenal wine comes from a selection of Procanico sourced from their best plots that normally go into their ‘Le Vigne Più Vecchie’ and ‘Le Coste’ bottlings. Half the fruit was pressed directly and the balance macerated, to fill a single barrique. The wine rested here for eight years, before waiting another five years in bottle before release. The result is a wine of remarkable depth, structure and length. A deep shade of amber in the glass, it wows with complex scents of salt, nuts, smoke and spice, with a finish that goes on and on. This is Le Coste at their zenith and it is truly one of a kind.
Procanico, Malvasia, Local Varieties
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Gianmarco Antonuzzi and Clémentine Bouveron tend around 14 hectares of land, with vineyards amongst olive groves, chestnut trees, shrubs and oaks. Sat around Lago di Bolsena near Gianmarco’s childhood town of Gradoli in Lazio’s north, the soils are volcanic, rich in iron and minerals.
Vines are planted at a density of up to 10,000 plants per hectare, from a mix of massale selections and ungrafted vines. Everything is done by hand, with careful attention to the needs of each plant and while biodynamic principles are employed, the approach here goes above and beyond.
Each year they produce a dizzying number of different wines which are vinified in an ancient cellar in the village’s centre where nothing is added at any stage. To taste here is a real treat, Gianmarco is a master of élevage and a real patience in this respect results in some of the purest, most delicious wines we have tried. This is a fascinating project, where the passion and dedication of two people is single handedly putting one of Italy’s lesser known villages firmly on the map.