Jack Lewens, the sommelier, owner of Leroy and Shoreditch London, England, and Bruno de Conciliis of Viticoltori de Conciliis have been friends for a while and in 2017, decided it was time to join forces and create more delicate wines. They wanted them to be less extracted that can be drunk immediately and focus on individuality, rather than the region’s familiar blockbuster wines.
The two are championing endemic varieties Fiano, Aglianico, Aglianicone, Primitivo, Malvasia, Trebbiano and Coda di Volpe. All wines are made with native yeasts and see zero additions unless a bit of sulphur is needed at bottling. Elevage is simple-whites are all on lees until bottling, and for reds, in old, continuous use barrels.
The wines are born in Cilento, in the southern area of the Salerno province, where the terroir differs significantly from the north in Taurasi and Avellino. The grapes have a fantastic view of the Cilento National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, so there is not much going on here but the landscape and the protected coastline/marine park. The soils are sedimentary limestone, schist, quartz, granite, sand, and slate. The vineyards are treated with biodynamic treatments.
We know an abrupt volte-face is upon you with these grapes and wines.