WSET vs. the Court - Different Ageing Requirements for Brunello di Montalcino ?

Good morning,

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?

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  • 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. 

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