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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

Bottle 75cl £18.68

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A wine with attractive wild cherry and blackberry fruit aromas, the 2015 has supple textures and juicy ripe fruit flavours balanced by lively redcurrant characters and a hint of savoury spice on the finish. This wine will be delicious to drink from release. Drink from 2017 to 2020.Armit Wines

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2015 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £19.58

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This is a very attractive and aromatic wine with vibrant blackberry fruit characters mingled with crushed flowers, wild herbs and a bright balsamic note. The palate is elegant and silky textured with a lovely freshness and fine length. A wine which is delicious from release, it also offers incredible value. Anticipated maturity 2016 to 2020.

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2014 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £19.58

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Sassicaia’s younger brother Guidalberto consistently offers incredible value from the Tenuta San Guido stable and the 2017 is a shining example. With 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. it offers classical aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. The fruit is very pure and inviting, and harmonises beautifully with sweet spice notes from the oak: it spent 15 months in French barriques....

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​Le Difese is a nod towards the indigenous varieties of the region combining the appealing Mediterranean characteristics of Sangiovese with the depth of Cabernet Sauvignon to make a delicious wine that is ready to be enjoyed from release.​Armit Wines

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2016 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £19.58

TASTING NOTES

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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A wine with attractive wild cherry and blackberry fruit aromas, the 2015 has supple textures and juicy ripe fruit flavours balanced by lively redcurrant characters and a hint of savoury spice on the finish. This wine will be delicious to drink from release. Drink from 2017 to 2020.Armit Wines

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2015 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 37.5cl £19.54

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The 2008 vintage has produced richly flavoured wines with great structure and Guidalberto showsreal concentration and depth. The colour is a deep, vibrant purple and the aromas are full and ripewith intense, dark cherry and plum fruits and notes of spice. Wonderfully structured and balanced onthe palate with flavours of wild berries and herbs. Maturation in oak barrels for twelve...

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2017 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £18.68

Case of 6 £112.08

Magnum 150cl

Single bottle£37.36

Case of 3 £112.08

TASTING NOTES

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

Bottle 75cl £18.68

2017 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

In Stock

Magnum 150cl £37.36

Case of 3 £112.08

Bottle 75cl

Single bottle£18.68

Case of 6 £112.08

TASTING NOTES

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

2016 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £19.58

Case of 6 £117.48

TASTING NOTES

​Le Difese is a nod towards the indigenous varieties of the region combining the appealing Mediterranean characteristics of Sangiovese with the depth of Cabernet Sauvignon to make a delicious wine that is ready to be enjoyed from release.​Armit Wines

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2016 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £19.58

2015 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £19.58

Case of 6 £117.48

Bottle 37.5cl

Single bottle£19.54

Case of 12 £234.48

TASTING NOTES

A wine with attractive wild cherry and blackberry fruit aromas, the 2015 has supple textures and juicy ripe fruit flavours balanced by lively redcurrant characters and a hint of savoury spice on the finish. This wine will be delicious to drink from release. Drink from 2017 to 2020.Armit Wines

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2015 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £19.58

2014 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £19.58

Case of 6 £117.48

TASTING NOTES

This is a very attractive and aromatic wine with vibrant blackberry fruit characters mingled with crushed flowers, wild herbs and a bright balsamic note. The palate is elegant and silky textured with a lovely freshness and fine length. A wine which is delicious from release, it also offers incredible value. Anticipated maturity 2016 to 2020.

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2014 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £19.58

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

Bottle 75cl £20.68

2015 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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Magnum 150cl £65.16

Case of 3 £195.48

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2015 Guidalberto, Tenuta San Guido

Magnum 150cl £65.16

2009 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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Case of 6 x 75cl £196.08

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A very attractive and elegant wine with wonderful aromas which open up in the glass to reveal rich, red cherry and blackberry fruit characters. The palate is wonderfully balanced and elegant with firm tannins and vibrant, sweet berry fruit. Spicy, minerals notes on the finish give complexity and depth. Although surprisingly appealing now, it will continue to grow in complexity...

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2010 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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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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2017 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £34.88

Case of 6 £209.28

Case of 6 x 75cl £172.08

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Sassicaia’s younger brother Guidalberto consistently offers incredible value from the Tenuta San Guido stable and the 2017 is a shining example. With 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. it offers classical aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. The fruit is very pure and inviting, and harmonises beautifully with sweet spice notes from the oak: it spent 15 months in French barriques....

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2008 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £38.68

Case of 6 £232.08

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The 2008 vintage has produced richly flavoured wines with great structure and Guidalberto showsreal concentration and depth. The colour is a deep, vibrant purple and the aromas are full and ripewith intense, dark cherry and plum fruits and notes of spice. Wonderfully structured and balanced onthe palate with flavours of wild berries and herbs. Maturation in oak barrels for twelve...

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2015 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 37.5cl £19.54

Case of 12 £234.48

Bottle 75cl

Single bottle£19.58

Case of 6 £117.48

TASTING NOTES

A wine with attractive wild cherry and blackberry fruit aromas, the 2015 has supple textures and juicy ripe fruit flavours balanced by lively redcurrant characters and a hint of savoury spice on the finish. This wine will be delicious to drink from release. Drink from 2017 to 2020.Armit Wines

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2015 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 37.5cl £19.54

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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.

Browse our Tenuta San Guido wines, including their Sassicaia wine and order online today.

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