Villa Bucci

Marche, marche Italy

Ampelio Bucci has 31 hectares of organically cultivated vineyard on his 350 hectare estate. Of these, 25 hectares are Verdicchio, spread over five separate vineyards. The old vines and low yields (he gets 7 - 8 tonnes per hectare, against the 14 permitted by DOC regulations) give wines of great intensity.

The Verdicchio, fermented and aged in stainless-steel tanks, is bottled in the July after the vintage, as legendary consulting oenologist Giorgio Grai feels that the structure of the wines means that they require longer ageing prior to bottling. It has lovely purity, good depth and superb complexity on the palate.

The Riserva, made from 50-year-old vines, is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for about 18 months in large (50 and 75 hectolitre) Slavonian oak barrels. It is nutty and smoky, with superb richness and a silky texture. It is, quite simply, one of Italy's great white wines.

 

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