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TENUTA SAN GUIDO

The originator of the Bordeaux-style Super-Tuscans, Tenuta San Guido, is best known for the acclaimed Sassicaia wine. However, the family winemaker, based in the coastal hills west of Siena, also produces the more approachable Guidalberto and immediately drinkable Le Difese (all distributed in the UK exclusively by Armit Wines). More unusually, the Tenuta San Guido estate also includes a thoroughbred stud farm and a bird sanctuary…
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Le Difese offers a taste of the estate behind Sassicaia immediately on release. The name is a local term for the tusks of a wild boar. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, the wine offers bright, crunchy red cherries and damson, with a herbal lift of fennel and tea leaves and a hint of bonfire woodsmoke. The 2017 vintage...

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2017 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Magnum 150cl £37.36

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Deep colour, just losing its purple rim. Still shy on the nose the palate is very broad and vital, with hallmark blackcurrant and mineral notes. Just beginning to open up and showcase its blackfruit and sinewy character. This can be drunk now but will benefit from another 5-10 years bottle age at least. Potentially bench mark Sassicaia. Limited Availability.

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The 2008 Le Difese is particularly rich and appealing, combining the Mediterranean charactersof Sangiovese with the structure and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of blackberry, cassis,dark cherries and baked fruits are followed by sweet cherry and prune flavours, intermingled withspices and herbs. A period of twelve months in oak barrels gives complexity and length to this veryapproachable wine which is...

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2008 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £24.28

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A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, with 24 months in French oak barrels, this is an incredibly refined and complex wine with an enveloping bouquet of sweet red cherries, dark berry fruits and wild herbs. The palate is multi-layered and intense with an abundance of wild berry and cassis fruits with darker plum and black cherry...

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The 2007 is an incredibly refined and harmonious wine. The aromas are multi-layered and enveloping with notes of sweet ripe red berries, cassis and dried summer fruits intermingled with herbs and balsamic notes. Magnificent, complex flavours with ripe,sweet fruits and a mineral character on the finish are supported by structured but very fine tannins. Although a powerful wine, the overall...

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2017 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Magnum 150cl £37.36

Case of 3 £112.08

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Le Difese offers a taste of the estate behind Sassicaia immediately on release. The name is a local term for the tusks of a wild boar. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, the wine offers bright, crunchy red cherries and damson, with a herbal lift of fennel and tea leaves and a hint of bonfire woodsmoke. The 2017 vintage...

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2017 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Magnum 150cl £37.36

2009 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Case of 6 x 75cl £124.08

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Le Difese is delicious for drinking in its youth and it has developed a loyal following with demand increasing year on year. A very appealing wine, it combines the mediterranean characteristics of Sangiovese with the structure and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon. Ageing in mainly French oak barrels for 12 months gives it additional complexity and length.

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2009 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

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2008 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £24.28

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The 2008 Le Difese is particularly rich and appealing, combining the Mediterranean charactersof Sangiovese with the structure and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of blackberry, cassis,dark cherries and baked fruits are followed by sweet cherry and prune flavours, intermingled withspices and herbs. A period of twelve months in oak barrels gives complexity and length to this veryapproachable wine which is...

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2008 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £24.28

2015 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £32.08

Case of 6 £192.48

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2010 Guidalberto

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Case of 6 x 75cl £196.08

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This is an incredibly elegant and attractive wine with complex aromas which open up in the glass to reveal layers of rich, red berry fruit intermingled with spices and herbs. The palate is incredibly elegant with refi ned tannins, wonderful freshness and delicate, complex fruit flavours which just keep going. A spicy mineral note on the fi nish gives great...

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2012 Guidalberto

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A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%), the aromas of the 2012 are bright and persistent and open in the glass to reveal layers of cassis and dark plum fruit characters with hints of wild herbs and spices. The palate is complex and persistent with supple red cherry fruit characters balanced by a mouth-watering freshness and a refined...

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2011 Guidalberto

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Case of 6 x 75cl £280.08

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Guidalberto, the second wine of Sassicaia, reflects the style and elegance of the first wine without the need for extensive ageing. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the aromas of the 2011 are complex and persistent with layers of dark cherry fruits intermingled with herbs and spices. The palate is supple and refined with sweet, ripe dark...

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2010 Sassicaia

Tenuta San Guido

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A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, with 24 months in French oak barrels, this is an incredibly refined and complex wine with an enveloping bouquet of sweet red cherries, dark berry fruits and wild herbs. The palate is multi-layered and intense with an abundance of wild berry and cassis fruits with darker plum and black cherry...

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2007 Sassicaia

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The 2007 is an incredibly refined and harmonious wine. The aromas are multi-layered and enveloping with notes of sweet ripe red berries, cassis and dried summer fruits intermingled with herbs and balsamic notes. Magnificent, complex flavours with ripe,sweet fruits and a mineral character on the finish are supported by structured but very fine tannins. Although a powerful wine, the overall...

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2013 Grappa Barili di Sassicaia

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 50cl £97.46

Case of 6 £584.76

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2011 Sassicaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £820.08

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A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, with 24 months in French oak barrels, this an exceptionally refined and elegant wine with an enveloping bouquet of delicate sweet raspberry and pure red cherry fruits with hints of roses and violets. On the palate layers of complex red forest fruits and elegant sweet herbs are balanced by seamless...

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2011 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £136.68

2016 Sassicaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £1,456.08

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The Sassicaia 2016 is a triumph. The aromatic maze of the nose is bound together with incredible energy and tension, linking blackcurrant, ripe damson, and cherry compote with dried rosemary, fresh charcoal and roasted black peppercorns. All throughout there is an inky line of balsamic vinegar and olive tapenade, sprinkled with cloves and nutmeg. On the palate. it is wonderfully...

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2016 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £242.68

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TENUTA SAN GUIDO WINE

Within the estate of Tenuta San Guido, in the hills close to the Tuscan coast, between Livorno and Grosseto, are some beautiful, historical buildings, including the Castiglioncello di Bolgheri, a retreat which dates back to AD 780, and the Oratorio di San Guido, the 1803 church at the end of a classic Tuscan avenue of tall cypresses.

However, it was in the early 20th century that even more historic foundations were established on the Tenuta San Guido estate. When he acquired the property in the 1930s, the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta noted the similarity between the stony ground of his land, as well as the sea breezes coming in off the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the terroir of Graves. When planting began in the 1940s, he opted primarily for Cabernet Sauvignon, rather than the province’s dominant Sangiovese grape.

For several decades, the Bordeaux-style wine produced from that Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Cabernet Franc, was a strictly private treat. But when, in 1968, Sassicaia wine was finally released to the world, it revolutionised Italian wine, creating a new genre: the Super-Tuscan.

It was the Marchese’s son, Nicolò, who pushed for the move to commercial production, along with his cousin and nephew Piero Antinori (who also happened to be a member of a longer established winemaking family). They called on the expertise of the late Giacomo Tachis, who introduced innovations such as a switch to fermentation in steel but ageing en barrique. Soon, Sassicaia wine established the region’s reputation and led to the 1994 declaration of the DOC Bolgheri.

The 21st century has seen further development under Marchese Nicolò. The estate has pursued a number of new projects, including converting an old olive press into a new cantina and the production of two further wines: Guidalberto and Le Difese. Throughout this time of development, Armit Wines has had the pleasure of exclusively importing Tenuta San Guido’s wines, bringing Le Difese, Guidalberto and Sassicaia to the UK.

Named after his ancestor, Guidalberto della Gherardesca, who was an agricultural pioneer in Bolgheri in the early 19th century, the estate’s second wine Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto was born of a desire to explore how Merlot would grow in Tenuta San Guido. At first (2000 to 2003 vintages), the equation also included Sangiovese but it has settled into a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot blend, which can be appreciated at a younger age than Sassicaia. The Sangiovese grapes are instead used in Le Difese (30% with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon), which can be drunk even younger - in fact, immediately.

Tenuta San Guido Le Difese is named after the teeth of the wild boar which roam the Tuscan hills. Tenuta San Guido wine is not simply produced as a collection of vineyards and winery but a place of complete immersion in nature. Before anyone had heard of Sassicaia wine, the estate was known as the base of the Razza Dormello Olgiata stud. Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and his wife met through a shared love of horses and, teaming up with breeder Federico Tesio. They produced some of the greatest racehorses of the past century, including Ribot (winner of two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes).

Marchese Mario also converted the coastal marshland on his estate, formerly used for duck shoots, into Italy’s first bird sanctuary, before forming the Italian branch of the World Wildlife Fund. He believed in the power of refinement, innovation and nature - all qualities found in the wines his estate would go on to produce.

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