I've just completed my WSET Advanced course, and I'm really confused by the large discrepancy in ageing requirements for Brunello di Montalcino between WSET and the Court. The Court's Guildsomm regulations section for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG lists Brunello as : 2 years in wood, plus 4 months in bottle. The Court says this information was last updated in 2015.
WSET states: (in the textbook) "The regulations for Brunello di Montalcino stipulate that the wine must undergo a minimum ageing of five years before it is sold, two of which must be in oak."
Why such a large delta here and who is correct, WSET or the Court?
Look at the compendium. 2 years in wood, 4 months in bottle, and “may not be sold until January 1 of the 5th year following harvest”
When in doubt, check out the original documents. The compendium has links to all original legal documents.
Thank you, Gregory. I see what happened here. The phrasing is totally different from WSET and the Court. The Compendium regulations shows this: Aging Requirements:
So, this makes sense now. It's just that the WSET is saying 5 years is the total ageing requirement, whereas the DOCG/Compendium phrases it not as ageing per se but 'may not be sold before either the 5th or 6th years folllowing harvests." That's where the 5 years ageing from WSET came from; it's just not as specific as the Compendium information.
Of course. Be careful here though. As I read JT, January 1 5th year following harvest really means 4 years of aging, since harvest was only a couple of months previous to that and your fermentation takes a few weeks, especially in the older style Italian wines. I could be completely wrong, but that’s how I read it. It’s why Barolo Riserva reads 62 months following harvest, when most people summarize as 5 years.
Hi Jacquelyn! Just want to chime in here to note that GuildSomm is not the same as the CMS. We are a nonprofit education body, not a certification body. We often partner with the Court but are entirely separate entities. The content in our Compendium is regularly verified/updated and relies on original and legal documents - we work hard so that you can always trust this information!
It is important to note that all Compendium information is taken from the actual legal documents which are linked at the end of the page. If there is ever a question about our information, you should be able to verify on the linked page (although you will have to do some google translate).
Thanks, Greg, good advice.