The estate can boast over 1000 years of history; in fact the oldest document which bears testimony to the existence of Cusona is dated 994. It was amongst the green hills of Tuscany close to the famous medieval city of San Gimignano with its imposing towers (the “Medieval Manhattan”), that the Villa of Cusona rose from the ground.
The famous personalities and the political and economic influence of the Strozzi and Guicciardini families, linked at various times by blood relationships, have left their mark not only on Tuscany, but also on Italy and Europe. Francesco Guicciardini, a contemporary of Niccolò Macchiavelli, who started his career as the latter’s secretary, was a prominent politician, a Governor of the Papal States, a philosopher and historian. He gained fame in particular with his fundamental work “The History of Italy” in which he describes the events in Italy between 1494 and 1532, a champion and precursor of the Unity of Italy.
The Strozzis, powerful bankers, statesmen, mercenary commanders, were the great rivals of the Medici: exiled from Florence following the rise to power of Cosimo dei Medici, they built their huge fortune abroad (Naples, Rome), which then paved the way for Filippo Strozzi, having returned from exile, to construct the magnificent Palazzo Strozzi, the supreme monumental testimony to the Florentine Renaissance. Piero Strozzi was Marshal of France and Commander of the French Armed Forces; his bust is to be found in the Gallery of Battles in the castle at Versailles.
During the seventeenth century the descendants of the Strozzi Guicciardini family were united through a marriage in London with the Marlborough family of Sir Winston Churchill. One should not fail to mention another famous ancestor, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, better known as “La Gioconda” or “Mona Lisa”, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, and whose family is still represented by the fifteenth generation of descendants.
Around 1850 began the construction of the great wine cellar with underground galleries. At the beginning of the 1900s Francesco Guicciardini, the husband of Luisa Strozzi, Mayor of Florence, Minister of Agriculture and then of Foreign Affairs (1906 – 1909) made Cusona a model estate of national importance.
Nous passons des alentours de San Gimignano, siège historique de la famille Guicciardini Strozzi, à Bolgheri près de la mer où sont plantées les variétés bordelaises classiques. Ce cru est un assemblage de Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot et 20% de Syrah, un mariage parfait de puissance et amabilité, de notes de mûre et myrtille avec le cuir et le tabac. Un vin structuré, tannique mais soyeux, un vin fidèle à la tradition du lieu sur lequel il est élevé.
Le jour même, sur le cassis acidulé, avec même une légère verdeur. Pas fan.
Le lendemain, un vin tout autre ! J'ai bien fait d'avoir "embarqué" la bouteille.
Nez encore jeune, marqué par l'élevage, mais quel bel élevage ! Feuille de tabac, cèdre, graphite, poivre noir. Le fruit est en retrait, mais il est bien là, ne vous en faites pas. Pur, sur la cerise fraîchement écrasée. Bref, superbe nez ! Touché de bouche gourmand, soyeux, pléthore de fruits, élevage moins dominant qu'au nez. Un maître achat !
Bold dry red wine with a good tanin structure, good acidity good weight and lots of jammy fruit and hint of sweet liquorice. A little bit to harsh in the finish for my liking - but think this will soften with aging. This wine is a bit reminiscent of fruit forward big Australian or American reds...
Proefdatum : 03 nov 2011
Maturiteit : Wait for 2-3 years
Mening over de maturiteit : Feel this wine would benefit from a bit of aging to soften some of the harsher tanins especially in the finish