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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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2009 Sassicaia

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The 2009 Sassicaia is a wonderfully harmonious and complex wine with notes of dark cherries and prunes on the nose with aromatic herbs in the background which open out in the glass. The palate is rich and elegant with very refined, seamless tannins and layers of gorgeous, sweet dark cherry and wild berry fruits intermingled with exotic spices and mediterranean...

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2008 Sassicaia

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Undoubtedly one of the finest vintages ever made. The aromas are incredibly refined with notes of red cherries, herbs and minerals which develop in the glass. The palate has a very elegant structure with exceptional finesse. Firm tannins are balanced by wonderful depth with sweet black cherry and red berry fruits, intermingled with herbs and exotic spices. There is a...

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2006 Sassicaia

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A fine depth of colour, a refined cassis nose with notes of applewood and soft spice. On the palate really expansive and richly textured with sweet, vibrant blackcurrant fruit. Scintillating acidity, beautifully ripe and grainy tannins, and lifted minerality made for an energetic and vital structural feel - but it was the sheer velvety fruit, silky elegance and sense of...

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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, thanks to further family connections. When Sebastiano Rosa was two years old, his mother married Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta and his destiny was sealed. After studying at Davis in California, he worked at Lafite Rothschild and Tenuta di Argiano in Montalcino, before joining his stepfather producing Tenuta San Guido’s wines in 2000. Strength in numbers at the top has enabled the estate to pursue 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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