3 Bicchieri Gambero Rosso – Guida Vini d’Italia 2024
We are proud to announce that our cru, Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino 2018, has received the “3 Bicchieri” prize, the highest award given by Gambero Rosso’s Guida Vini d’Italia, the most respected wine guide in Italy.
Campo del Drago Brunello di Montalcino is the first Brunello cru to be produced by Castiglion del Bosco from the parcel of the same name, located in the most prized part of the Capanna vineyard. The peculiar characteristics of this 1.5-hectare parcel, with its 450m altitude, south-west exposure and marl-dominated soil, make this wine extremely complex and age worthy, with refined, glossy tannins.
“Campo del Drago 2018 is very linked to its terroir – it shows a unique minerality and complexity. The palate is intense, broad and deep. The tannins are present, but remain elegant thanks to the acidity. The sour almond finish on the mouth is the evidence of how characterizing the vintage was for this grape variety.” says Cecilia Leoneschi, Castiglion del Bosco’s oenologist.”.
It is the third year in a row that the renowned Gambero Rosso’s Guida ai Vini d’Italia has awarded Castiglion del Bosco with the “3 Bicchieri” prize. In the 2022 edition, the Brunello di Montalcino 2016 and the Millecento Brunello di Montalcino 2016 were honored. This year, the guide’s curators wrote: “in Montalcino, we were approaching an intermediate vintage, as fresh and agile as 2018, which brought out the best interpreters of the vineyard.” And indeed, it is our Brunello cru that takes the podium, in recognition of the parcel project that oenologist Cecilia Leoneschi began twenty years ago in the 62 hectares of vineyards of Castiglion del Bosco, a jigsaw puzzle of unique soils and microclimates: “This terroir has given us the chance to bring to life the concept of the ‘cru’, prioritising the expression of a wine’s true identity and soul, in which the natural identity of a parcel creates wholly inimitable wines,” comments Cecilia.