Brunello di Montalcino best vintages, complete guide

Updated: May 5, 2018


Biondi Santi Brunello Riserva 1955
Francesco holding a bottle of Brunello Biondi Santi Riserva 1955, 8000$ worth!

Every year the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino classifies the new wine production in order to Communicate the information regarding the Montalcino harvest and its wines Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Moscadello di Montalcino and Sant’Antimo.

The evaluation takes place in the months of January of every year, by having wine samples of the latest harvest undergo chemical/physical and organoleptic analyses.

The Tasting Committee that carries out the tests is made up of 20 technicians operating in Montalcino, with extensive experience in the production of this area.


The evaluation is expressed in stars, corresponding to the following classification:

- insufficent vintage ☆ (one star) - fair vintage ☆ ☆ (two stars) - good vintage ☆ ☆ ☆ (three stars) - exellent vintage ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ (four stars) - outstanding vintage ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ (five stars)

The declaration of the stars assigned to the vintage takes place in February each year, as part of the event "BENVENUTO BRUNELLO".


Evaluation in stars of the vintages from 1945 to date, ratings are from Wine Spectator's Brunello vintage charts:

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1955 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The 'vintage of the century' according to Mr Franco Biondi Santi, I have owned and sold to a lucky member 1 bottle of legendary 1955 Biondi Santi Riserva, aka one of 12 best wines of the 20th century!

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1964 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ I have opened(and of course, tasted,lol) one bottle of Col d'Orcia Riserva 1964 for Michelle and Barack Obama...the most positive surprise of my sommelier life: wine still vibrant and lively, I would say it can still go for years!

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