About the Wine
With more than 1300 years of history, Villa Bibbiani is a little gem in the heart of Tuscany. Gambero Rosso said that Bibbiani is “much more than a winery, much more than an estate.” We agree.
The story behind Villa Bibbiani is just fascinating. To track its origins, we have to go back to Middle Ages, when the Villa belonged to the Benedictine monastery. However, “modern” times at Bibbiani started in 1700, when the property was acquired by the Frescobaldi family. For those who don’t know, Frescobaldi is Italian royalty. This family was responsible for the first vineyards and the botanical garden (still to this day) planted by Cosimo Ridolfi, the father of modern Italian agriculture.
Bibbiani is located in a magical place, so surreal that it has even been embodied in Leonardo Da Vinci’s art. Located in the hills of Montalbano between Capraia and Limite, this colossal property comprises a total of 1,000 acres, this includes the famous Villa (a 5-star accommodation), the botanical garden, the olives, the vineyards, and the ancient cellar.
The beautiful vineyards extend from the slopes of Montalbano hill to the church of San Jacopo in Pulignano. They are planted with Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other native grapes, with vines between 20 and 50 years old.
Leopoldo Morara is Villa Bibbiani’s winemaker. He has forged his expertise at very recognized estates in countries like France, Chile, and New Zealand. This passionate winemaker has been leading Bibbiani’s team since 2018. He says that “the key to making a good wine is maximum respect for the terroir, and we work solely along these lines.”
Bibbiani is the perfect combination of tradition with modernity. The state-of-the-art vinification area, and the ancient cellar, combined with Tuscan winemaking tradition, deliver Bibbiani’s exceptional, unexpected, and unique wines.
Montereggi is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon crafted with 50-year-old vines. The terroir where these vines are planted is simply beautiful, with soils rich in sandstone, skeleton, and galestro. This results in an outstanding Cab with great structure, depth, and intensity.
Aging: 8 months in French oak barrels followed by six months in large 25-hectolitre barrels.
Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Solid and deep. This powerful wine has a very intense ruby-red color. A complex nose of spices combined with hints of roasted coffee and cocoa. In the mouth, it is pervasive and gives long-lasting flavors, with silky and vibrant tannins. With a great personality and a high potential for aging, it is a genuine expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon that has found its perfect home in the Tuscan hills.
The 2018 Montereggi, a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, is darkly alluring with masses of ripe dark fruits, minty herbs and hints of balsamic spice. It's silky-smooth and racy in style. Graphite and cocoa touches complicate polished red and black notes. This finishes with admirable length, leaving echoes of black licorice as fine tannins form a classically dry sensation. The Montereggi possesses a beautiful balance that will promote medium-term cellaring. This is a lovely Tuscan Cabernet; well done. ~92 Vinous Media, Eric Guido
~91 Points, Luca Maroni