A marvel. It has that gorgeous weightless floating Jayer-esque power, such precision on the palate, with hints of old wood, like an old treasure chest, gentle spice, like walking through a Turkish bazaar, bracken, blackberry fruit, lightly sappy on the palate, with cherries and tiny wild strawberries. Tannins are very fine and refined, with superb length. Gorgeous. Drink now (with a good decant) to 2030. Imogen
It’s the almost obsessive attention to detail that sets Cupano apart. Before planting his land, Lionel carried up rocks from the Ombrone river bank to improve grounding and drainage. Each vine in the 7 hectares of vineyards was planted by his own hand, and his meticulous attention extends to pruning individual bunches with nail-scissors! It is also completely organic and some biodynamic practices. Although we have said it before, it’s worth a reminder: Lionel learned winemaking under the tutelage of the late Henri Jayer (of Vosne-Romanée), arguably the greatest and most influential winemaker of the 20th Century. They became close friends until Jayer died in 2006, and Lionel is committed to maintaining his friend's principles.