Lucii Libanio – Casa Lucci is an estate winery in Località Santa Maria in the San Gimignano region of Tuscany in Italy. It makes white wine under the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG (one of which is organic) and red wines under the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG. It used to sell all its wine in bulk, but from 2008 it started bottling a proportion of its crop. Japan and the Netherlands, rather than Italy, are the most important markets (2019 Anteprima).
Owner: Labanio Lucci’s children now run the business: three sons called Luca, Leonardo and Lorenzo, and daughter Marta. They have several estates of which one in San Gimignano is organic.
Organic certification: Luca Lucii is the contact for the organic side (met him at Vinitaly March 2015). | 2000 First year of organic conversion. | 2012 the family Casa Lucii vineyard in San Gimignano is organic (50ha) but other vineyards are not.
Vineyards: 2015 60ha of vines in various areas, plus 50ha of woodland, 40ha of cereals and olives. Some good terroir, it seems.
–Cassero vineyard: The home or winery vineyard in Località Santa Maria. By the winery. 200m. Pliocene soils. Sand and clay. 50ha of vines, of which 25ha of Vernaccia and 25ha of red grapes, mainly Sangiovese.
–Fuscelli vineyard: On the other side of the Elsa river in Certaldo in Firenze (Florence) province (all the other vines are in Siena Province). The vineyards for Chianti DOCG red wines are at Fuscelli).
–Podere Cellori-Cellole vineyard: 7ha of Vernaccia. Cretaceous. Stony. 340m. South-east-facing. Sloped. Near San Gimignano’s town gates. Rich Vernaccia. In 2019 100 bee hives were added in the Cellar vineyard which is organic.
–Poggio ai Celli vineyard: Near Santa Maria. Vines and olives. This is where guests are welcomed.
–Podere Prete Nero vineyard: 1ha of Vernaccia, 4.5ha of Sangiovese for Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG. 280m. On tufo.
–Santa Maria a Villa Castelli: The heart of the estate. Where the winery is. On a promontory in the Val d’Elsa inhabited since antiquity. Olives, plus vines for Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG and Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vigna Cellori: Named after the Romanesque Pieve di Cellori, San Gimignano dating from c1000 AD. | 2010 Clean, well made, plump and yeasty (2013 Anteprima). | 2011 Well made, clean and rich (2013 Anteprima). 2013 Bit glue-like (Vinitaly 2015). | 2018 13%. Estery but with a hint of salinity (2019 Anteprima). | 2019 13% alc. Bottled Jan 2019.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva: 2009 Rich and creamy and acetaldehyde (2013 Anteprima).
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva Mareterra: 2013 12.5%. Smooth with a mix of over-ripe or even nobly cotton fruit (2019 Anteprima). | 2014 Wet season. One lot did MLF. Fluid easy style (2019 Anteprima). Creamy (2020 Anteprima).
Chianti DOCG, Fuscelli: From vines in San Gimignano and Certaldo. 150 metres. Organic.
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Senarum: Vines at 200-250 metres. Plliocene soils. | 2011 10,000 bottles. 85% Sangiovese, 15% Colorino and Canaiolo. Niceish nose, but then light, simple and green (Vinitaly March 2015).
Toscana Rosso, Purus: 2014 100% Sangiovese at 200 metres. Old vines. No oak. No added sulfites. Very nice nose, very reduced end (Vinitaly March 2015).
Località Santa Maria a Villa Castelli
I-53037 San Gimignano (SI = Siena), Italy
Tel+39 0577 950199 or 339 8738539 | www.casalucii.it