It’s probably thanks to the growing fame of the Italian white Verdicchio (in this case from “Castelli di Jesi” area) or the market skills of Ampelio Bucci (member of the family directly involved in the winery) with experience in fashion marketing. It’s thanks to the true quality that is transversal to the whole line, as well as to the affection of the working group, but Bucci is confirmed as a leading name in the Italian wine scene and, specifically, in Marche region (central Italy).
We are in the province of Ancora with 25 hectares of vineyards in the appellation Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi DOC plus 6 hectares of red grapes (Montepulciano and Sangiovese) that under the appellation Rosso Piceno DOC for a total production of around 130,000 bottles a year distributed as follows:
2 whites that cover most of the total production:
- Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore (DOC): Verdicchio 100%, vinified and matures in steel and exhausted Slavonian oak barrels for about 3 or 4 months
- Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Villa Bucci Riserva (DOCG): The top of the range, a special cuvée from grapes coming from the oldest vineyards (at least 50 years); 15/18 months in Slavonian oak barrels of 50 and 75 hl; at least a year in bottle
- Rosso Piceno Tenuta Pongelli (DOC): Montepulciano and Sangiovese. One year in large barrels, at least six months in bottle
- Rosso Piceno Villa Bucci Rosso (DOC): Montepulciano and Sangiovese with grapes from old vineyards. At least one year in large oak barrels and 6 months in bottle.
A reference not only for the finesse and expressiveness that we find in the glass but also for the admirable and rare work of research and agronomic selection that, indeed, are its matrix. Bucci stands out, in fact, for a work of selection of old clones aimed at selecting the best and most authentic Verdicchio clones reproduced in a company nursery before being transferred to the vineyard.
Bucci: the tasting
- Rosso Piceno Tenuta Pongelli 2016:
50% Montepulciano, 50% Sangiovese.
The youthful impetus is shown both by the exuberance of the fruity notes on the nose which offers aromas of strawberry (mixed with licorice root and black olive), as well as by the tannins, the main support to the body, still discreetly balanced with the smoothness of the sip.
- Rosso Piceno Villa Bucci Rosso 2015:
70% Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese.
Welcoming bouquet with notes of small red fruits, wild violet, carnation and talc. Quite agile, easy-drinking with nice savouriness.
- Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2018:
Flint, lime, jasmine, hay and a puff of butter. Still young at the sip, immediate but still full of character.
- Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Villa Bucci Reserve 2016:
Candied lime, toasted hazelnut and jasmine water are some of the notes that offer a bouquet that is not complex yet but already fine and precisely drawn. The excellent ripeness of the grapes is also confirmed on the palate and balances with an excellent savouriness; the acidity is still quite high cutting the finish. Although it’s already pleasant, it offers a great potential for ageing.
- Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Villa Bucci Riserva 2015:
Mineral notes that recall flint prevail over fruity ones, nuts and dried elderflower, wild fennel. Excellent texture, balanced wine but less complex and less long than the previous one.
- Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Villa Bucci Riserva 2004:
Still lively despite age. Preserved peach, beeswax, hazelnut and pot-pourri mixed with citrus peel and walnut husk are just some of the scents offered by the fine bouquet. A harmonious wine, round and silky but also balanced with a still good acidity supported by savouriness. Long and musky finish. A meditation wine.