- Country: Italy
- Region: Tuscany
Located on the north side of Montalcino, the Le Chiuse estate lies on the hillside of Montosoli. The vineyards—situated on the north/northeast side of the hill at 1,000 feet above sea level as well as on the southeast slope at 1,600 feet above sea level— benefit from a substantial exposure to sunshine, which yield fresher wines with vibrant acidity. Le Chiuse includes a total of 17 acres of vineyards all planted to Sangiovese Grosso with almost 15 acres designated as Brunello (and Riserva), and the other 2.5 acres designated as Rosso di Montalcino. The entire estate is certified organic by the European Union.
Le Chiuse played a key role in the vineyard holdings of the legendary Biondi-Santi family since the late 18th century. Handed down, generation-to-generation the current owner, Simonetta Valiani is the great granddaughter of Ferruccio Biondi-Santi. Simonetta inherited the estate and decided to start producing wine under the Le Chiuse name in 1993 with the help of her husband, Nicolò Magnelli and their son, Lorenzo. Until then, the vineyards were rented to her uncle, Franco Biondi-Santi, which were at the time used for Biondi-Santi’s Riserva bottling.
The vineyards are planted with a form of Massal selection in order to maintain the genetic heritage of the estate. Budwood from 60-70 year old vines of the BS 11 Sangiovese clone, personally selected by Tancredi Biondi-Santi for these vineyards, is grafted onto American rootstock. To maintain the highest quality, yields are carefully controlled. The yields here are half that demanded by consorzio rules. The winery’s gravity-fed cellars are state-of-the-art.