BIONDI SANTI

Tenuta Greppo
Franco Biondi Santi

villa greppo 183
53024 montalcino
siena - italy

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XXIII “Ricolmatura” of the bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi - Tenuta Greppo Riserva
Due to the passing of Mr. Franco Biondi Santi, it has been decided not to perform the "Topping off" of the bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Biondi Santi Riserva scheduled on June 1st 2013. Instead, it will be performed on June 2014.
23 May 2013
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Annata
We would like to inform all our clients that starting from June 1st 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo - Biondi Santi 2006 Annata will be released on the market.
07 Jun 2011
www.biondisanti.it
The new Tenuta Greppo - Biondi Santi web site in now on-line
03 Dec 2009
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TOPPING UP, THE RITUAL PAR EXCELLENCE OF THE BIONDI SANTI FAMILY

Announcement of "topping up 2013" (pdf)

Regulations of "topping up 2013" (pdf)


Expertise
Topping off is an exclusive and valuable operation, performed at The Greppo between 1927 and 1990, only for the estate-owned bottles of Reserve Biondi Santi stored in the Estate Cellar.
“We have never found a bottle of imperfect wine!! This is because it is stored in perfect conditions.”

Since 1990, Franco Biondi Santi has decided to perform this operation also for the bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Reserve Biondi Santi owned by his clients, who must sign the “Topping Off Regulations” (the last event took place in 2008 for the following vintages: 1945, 1955, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985).

From 1990 to the present, 2,949 bottles belonging to customers were brought to be topped off: unfortunately 353 bottles were found to be defective, due to incorrect storage conditions, and therefore, declassified.

This operation is performed to check the condition of the wine, in order to extend its life for decades. Topping off is necessary because, due to very long periods of ageing, the cork loses its elasticity and cohesion, ceasing to adhere perfectly to the glass. The level of wine in the bottle gradually diminishes, making it necessary to refill the bottle to the correct level and to replace the cork.

After the visual, olfactory and gustative inspection performed by a member of Biondi Santi family, the bottle is topped off, taking wine from a bottle of Reserve of the same vintage from the private collection of Franco Biondi Santi, stored in optimum conditions in the estate cellars. The subsequent re-corking with new Biondi Santi branded corks and the application of the capsule witness the validity of the wine, which is accompanied by the issue of a certificate. Any bottles which are found to be unsuitable are returned to their owners without being topped off, re-corked with unbranded corks and without capsule.

The current cost of this operation is established in relation to the amount of wine used to top off the bottle (averaging at 10-15 grams. The cost is € 7.92 per gram for 1945; € 6.81 for 1955; € 0.65 for 1985) and the time it takes the Cellar staff of The Greppo Estate to perform the topping off operations.

The Greppo cellar in Montalcino provides a resting place, in excellent conditions, for the centenarian bottles of Brunello Riserva Biondi Santi from 1888 and 1891, which are stored among other Vintages.

 

Old bottle of Brunello
 

Topping up
 
 

Topping up certificate
 
 

Six hands to pull out a very old crumbling cork
 
 
   

Very old cork of properly stored bottles
 
Corks of unproperly stored bottles of clients which didn’t pass the expertise