This month our Restaurant Manager Alessandro Fè accompanies us to the discovery of a new wine selected from the cellar of the 2 Michelin Star Santa Elisabetta Restaurant. Every month we will accompany you through an oenological journey consisting of a selection of the best Italian and international bottles that we offer to the guests of the restaurant.
This month we are talking about the Sauternes of Tuscany.
Sauternes is a cumbersome name in the panorama of meditation wines on a planetary level but, in Tuscany, just outside Florence, a farmer has decided to transform the meteorological difficulties of his area into a strength, creating a wine that follows that richness of taste and production methodology.
We are in Rosano, a few kilometres away from southern Florence and even less from Pontassieve.
Here we find the Petreto company, by Alessandro Fonseca with its peculiarity, the Purriture Noble, sweet wine obtained from semillion and sauvignon blanc grapes only in the years in which the bunches are attacked by this mould called “Nobile” only in its external part, without affecting the pulp and all its substances, indeed enriching them.
This result is mainly due to the arrangement of the vineyards, near the Arno and with a vertical hill wall, which with its wood, surrounds the land and, in September, already in the late afternoon, the sun disappears behind the hill, casting its shadow on the vineyards.
Hints of saffron, honey, citrus, dried fruit, dried figs, yellow flowers, candied fruit, balanced by a pleasant acidity that perfectly compensates for the sweet scents. The persistence of the sip is infinite.
Personally, this is one of my favourite wines.
The wines presented by Alessandro Fè will soon be on sale in our online shop and available in the wine list at the reopening of the restaurant.