Le Bertille | Tuscan winery in the southern sector of the Montepulciano region in Tuscany, near the eponymous town itself. Its main wines are Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG. The owners describe their overall production zone as Canetto.

Owner | Olimpia Roberti.

Background | Saverio Roberti, a lawyer from Rome, bought the house in 1971 so his wife and three children could get away from the city at the weekends, chosing the first Tuscan city nearest to Rome, namely Montepulciano. At the time of Saverio Roberti’s purchase in 1971, there was one hectare of vines farmed by a peasant called Beppe. He taught Saverio Roberti’s three children about country life, and the eldest child called Olimpia eventually took over and produced the first wines, having also qualified as a  lawyer. Saverio Roberti’s mother had belonged to the Florentine banking family of Baccelli. A Baccelli ancestor had transferred to Rome around the mid 1700’s to open a branch of the Bank.

VineyardsThere are four vineyard estates. The original one is called Le Bertille (see below). La Casella was added by Olimpia in 2001. In addition there are the San Pietro and San Giovanni estates. In total there are 22 hectares (54.3 acres) of land, of which 15 hectares (37 acres) are vines. They are in the west and south-east area of Montepulciano, below the Tempio di San Biagio. | Le Bertille The Le Bertille vineyard comprises 2 hectares (7.4 acres) of land. 450 metres (1,476 feet). In production since the 1970s. Pliocene soil, sandy. Planted with Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Mammolo, Canaiolo and Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), all red grape varieties. | Casella The Casella vineyard comprises 8 hectares (19.8 acres). 350 metres (1,177 feet). Pliocene soil, clayey. Oriented north-east south-west for maximum airflow. Planted with Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Mammolo (massale), Canaiolo (with red stalks), Merlot and Petit Verdot. San Giovanni No details. San Pietro No details. 

Other land | The rest of the land comprises an artificial lake (fed by rainwater and drainage), 2 hectares (7.4 acres) of olive groves, part of a gully, fallow land, an orchard, the Agritourism San Gallo (which opened in 2004), the farmhouse and two wine cellars, one for fermenting the wine, the other for ageing it.

Red wines

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Le Bertille | 2009 75% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo & Colorino, 5% Merlot. £8-14.99. Sappy fruit and new oak on top of it, lean weight of albeit ripe redcurrant fruit for such oak. 14.5 Points. Commended at DWWA 3rd May 2013.

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Le Bertille | 2011 Bit grubby (Anteprima 2014).

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, , Le Bertille | 2003 The first bottling of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. | 2011 Flat fruit, dry tannin (Anteprima 2014. | 2015 Smooth ripe red fruit shell, light middle, soft oak, populist (Anteprima 2018).

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva

L’Attesa | Toscana Rosso.

Contact

Le Bertille (Winery and Agriturism)

Via delle Colombelle, 7

I-53045 Montepulciano (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0578 758330 | www.lebertille.com