Loacker Corte Pavone is a certified organic estate practising Biodynamics located in Località Corte Pavone in the Montalcino region of Tuscany, Italy. The estate was owned by the Martini, a Montalcino family, from around 1940 to 1988. It was subsequently managed by the Swiss company ‘Terre Bindella’ (see Bindella). After the latter sold the estate in 1996 to the Loacker family it was renamed Loacker Corte Pavone. There were 4.5 hectares of vines at the time.

Owner: The Loacker family. See Loacker TenuteContact: Franz Josef and Hannes Loacker.

Staff: Oenologist: Hayo Loacker (+39 335.6766101). Public Relations Executive: Sveva Consonni Folcieri (+39 333.6283363).

VineyardsThe estate comprises 91ha of meadow, bush and woods. 420-500m. Now 18ha of vines (90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot. The Cabernet Sauvignon was grafted to Sangiovese). R110, 420A and Paulsen. Said to irrigate older vines, by Guelfo Magrini.

OrganicsHayo Loacker told me in the old comune in Montalcino (launch of the Biodistretto) in early 2016 that they began mapping the vineyard (checking the leaves for chlorophyll, excess or lack of vigour according to four levels of classification) in 2011. This has helped them modify cover cropping. Used to have a mix with 30-40 plants. Now have one mix with vetch, orzo, favino and senape; one with orzo (where no vigour is needed); and another mix where growth is very vigorous. I also met the vineyard manager Matteo Gentili.

Organic certification1996 Organics begins. | 2000 AIAB. | 2005 ICEA. | 2006 47ha (AB) BIOS. | 2007 47ha (AB) BIOS.

Biodynamics2019 Member of Renaissance des AppellationsThe Loacker family had to plant a lot of new vineyards here on virgin land, and found the soil very poor in nutrients and humus. They decided to adopt biodynamic methods, and with a private consultant from Italy, spraying purchased 500 twice in spring at flowering; then after harvest, and 501 once at flowering and once near harvest. Both these sprays were still being used in 2011. Copper dynamiser. Until 2004 no solid biodynamic compost had been used, but effective mico-organism sprays were used instead. These can be mixed with anti-mildew sprays like copper sulphate and/or sulfur. The Loacker family have patented their own range of homeopathic products which they make and distribute. Can apply as a D8 or even much much more dilute. Winery A new, three-storey underground cellar, was ready for the 2002 vintage.

Sparkling wines

Le Perle di Pavone Brut Rosè: 2011 Vino Spumante di Qualità. L1303. 3,000 bottles of this lot. From Brunello grapes picked early. Disgorged here. 13% + 6g/l. Moscato Rosa used as liqueur d’expedition which is grown here using cuttings from Alto Adige. €23 retail here. Nice bright salmon pink orange hue. Nose is good: clean sherbet and with a neutral orange-tangerine sherbet palate. Well made. Will be a second bottling of the same wine with more time on lees and will be priced at 25 euros retail.

Pink wines

Rosa day venti: 2007 VdT. Moscato Rosa and Sangiovese. Tangerine and Turkish delight nose, fading (visit May 2014).

Red wines

Rosso del FalcoPreviously called Brillando. The wine is now blended from both the Loacker family’s Tuscan estates, Corte Pavone in Montalcino and Valdifalco in the Maremma. The Cabernet in Montalcino has since been grafted over to Sangiovese. | 2002 Toscana IGT Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese. 

Levante, Toscana Rosso2008 L1008 [the last vintage I think as they want to concentrate on the Sangiovese wines] 50% each Cabernet and Merlot. Blackcurrant and methoxy and new oak (visit May 2014).

Rosso di Montalcino, Corte Pavone2001 Clean, crisp, well made at (Brunello Tasting, London,  2004). | 2003 L0508. Described on the back label as Biodynamically grown with ICEA organic certification. Tasted quite firm and Cabernet-like (in Sant’Angelo in Colle, 15th October 2006). | 2005 Soft and creamy, decent, bit of wood (Millésime Bio 2008). | 2008 30,000 bottles. | 2009 Crisp and clear (Benvenuto Brunello 2011). 30,000 bottles. Main markets Germany, Scandinavia and USA. | 2011 20,000 bottles. Bright deep ruby colour, means business, vat sample hence a bit fizzy but nice fruit (Benvenuto Brunello 2013). | 2011 L1402. 15.5%. Bit medicinal, bit thick and not very elegant. Chewy blackberries, a bit disappointing (Visit, 30 May 2014). | 2012 10,700 bottles. Vat sample: smells quite primary, simple black cherry and mint, goodish-plus bog standard (Benvenuto Brunello 2014). | 2013 11,830 bottles. Nice mid-ruby, good sappy red plum fruit, slightly primary, a bit of fizz, OK (Benvenuto Brunello 2015).

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Corte Pavone: Ages in Slavonian, French and Austrian casks. | 1998 Good, but 1999 is better they say. | 1999 Clean, nice fruit, well balanced crisp (Landmark Hotel, 2004. | 2000 Elegant black chocolate (Benvenuto Brunello 2005). | 2005 Decent weight and depth, sweet black fruit (Benvenuto Brunello 2011). Main market USA, plus Italy, Germany and Denmark. | 2006 Nice dense, minty fruit. 34,400 bottles. | 2008 25,000 Bottles. Well made, plum, bit simple, but very commercial (Benvenuto Brunello 2013). | 2009 31,200 bottles. Nice freshness and width, bit minty from the oak, simple and satisfying (Benvenuto Brunello 2014). | 2009 L13071. Quite open, savoury nose with plenty of ripeness. Quite tight tannin and fruit, savoury and a bit bitter from the oak (now tonneaux). A style to drink now or hold for 3-6 years (visit May 2014). | 2010 29,760 bottles. Nice broad fruit, sweet fruit, dry wood tannin, OK, savoury but not that typical (Benvenuto Brunello 2015). | 2011 20% tonneaux. 70% botti. Very nice, really ripe fruit, darkish cherry, very bright and chewy, lovely sweet fruit, also finish nice and fresh, very appetising, one of the best they have made (Benvenuto Brunello 2016). | 2012 Bit of funk on nose, then lovely rich savoury fruit, perhaps spoiled by a sense of bitterness (Benvenuto Brunello 2017). | 2015 19,000 bottles.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Fiore del Vento: 2015 3,500 bottles.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Fior di Meliloto: 2015 1,900 bottles.

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Campo Marzio: 2015 2,500 bottles.

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Corte Pavone2003 14.5%. L0611. Quite Porty and drying out on the palate, pretty hard work for me I am afraid at the Loacker winery in Montalcino on 30th May 2014 with Ian D’Agata. | 2004 Good (Benvenuto Brunello 2011).

Contact

Tenuta Corte Pavone

Località Corte Pavone (prev. Località Casanuova I think)

I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 (0)577.848110

Directions: From Montalcino continue 3km to Grosseto and then turn right to Castiglione del Bosco; after 500 m at the crossroads drive for 2km up the stony road to the sign Corte Pavone (500m). 

Bibliography

Visit to the Loacker winery in Montalcino on 30th May 2014 with Ian D’Agata.