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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  • 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!

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