Andrea Costanti?s estate has been in his family for over 200 years. It is one of the most venerable in Montalcino, yet the wines have been modernised in an intelligent manner in the past fifteen years, with the help of consultant oenologist Vittorio Fiore. The style is characterised by the striking elegance and intensity of the best wines from this zone, combining the power of Montalcino with the elegance that comes from vineyards situated at a high altitude in the northern part of the zone. The vineyards cover 10 hectares just outside the town of Montalcino and are planted over 400m above sea level, on the ?galestro? typical of the area. This friable rock of marl-like soil is also found in Chianti Classico and is particularly suited to the production of good Sangiovese.