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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. 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 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 £19.50

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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

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Guidalberto is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot that carries the hallmark elegance and finesse that runs through Sassicaia, the sweet fruited Tuscan character of the Bolgheri area and the enticing aromas that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are capable of creating together. Spending twenty months in one-third new oak barrels, this wine is irresistible two years from...

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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 £19.50

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2000 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £244.60

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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 £19.50

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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 37.5cl £10.50

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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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2001 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £262.60

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Le Difese is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese. Instantly appealing with great elegance and length, aromas of ripe, sweet cassis and plum fruit with a lick of spice. Smooth blackberry fruit characters follow with hints of sage and wild herbs balanced by soft tannins. Absolutely delicious now but will age well for the next five years....

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2011 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £17.14

2011 Le Difese

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Le Difese is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese. Instantly appealing with great elegance and length, aromas of ripe, sweet cassis and plum fruit with a lick of spice. Smooth blackberry fruit characters follow with hints of sage and wild herbs balanced by soft tannins. Absolutely delicious now but will age well for the next five years....

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2011 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £17.14

2016 Le Difese

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Case of 6 £117.00

Bottle 37.5cl

Single bottle£10.50

Case of 12 £126.00

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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 £19.50

2015 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £19.50

Case of 6 £117.00

Bottle 37.5cl

Single bottle£19.50

Case of 12 £234.00

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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 £19.50

2014 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £19.50

Case of 6 £117.00

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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 £19.50

2016 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 37.5cl £10.50

Case of 12 £126.00

Bottle 75cl

Single bottle£19.50

Case of 6 £117.00

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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

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2016 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 75cl £34.00

Case of 6 £204.00

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Guidalberto is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot that carries the hallmark elegance and finesse that runs through Sassicaia, the sweet fruited Tuscan character of the Bolgheri area and the enticing aromas that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are capable of creating together. Spending twenty months in one-third new oak barrels, this wine is irresistible two years from...

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2015 Le Difese

Tenuta San Guido

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Bottle 37.5cl £19.50

Case of 12 £234.00

Bottle 75cl

Single bottle£19.50

Case of 6 £117.00

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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 £19.50

2011 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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Case of 6 x 75cl £279.60

Case of 6 x 75cl £279.60

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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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2006 Guidalberto

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2014 Sassicaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £759.60

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2014 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido

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2012 Sassicaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £795.60

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Elegant and classy with great length, the 2012 has an expansive bouquet of crushed blackberries and dark cherries which opens to reveal complex notes of delicate spices and wild herbs which combine beautifully. Gorgeously refined and textured on the palate with lovely weight of dark berry fruits balanced by a racy mineral quality and an elegant freshness, this harmonious and...

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2012 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido

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2011 Sassicaia

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Case of 6 x 75cl £819.60

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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

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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 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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