Tuscany, along with Piedmont, is the foundation upon which Italy’s wine reputation has been built. In total, there are 29 wines with DOC status produced in the region. It is also home to 7 of Italy’s DOCG areas, and many premium non-classified wines.
Chianti accounts for a large part of the region with the most prestigious DOCG Chianti Classico wines coming from the beautiful central hills, which provide a tempering effect on the summertime heat, many vineyards are planted on the highest slopes. The principal grape variety is Sangiovese, alongside other indigenous and international varietals.
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Antinori's 2010 Tignanello is stunning, as it has been since I started tasting the component wines in 2011. Firm yet sweet, silky tannins form the backbone for this gorgeous, vivid wine. Dark red cherries, plums, cloves, mint and sage inform a Tignanello that impresses for its delineation, nuance and power. Clean, saline notes support the mineral-drenched finish. The 2010 isn't...more
Bottle 75cl £92.60
This tenth anniversary release comes straight from the cellars in Greve in Chianti. The 2007 provides a stunningly approachable expression of musky red cherry, black plum, blackberry jam, tobacco and brown spices. This is a full-bodied, broad and pliant wine with a saline nuance adding complexity to the dark fruit, sage and rosemary flavours. The herbal element repeats on the...more
Bottle 75cl £80.00
The 2007 Sugarille is a wonderful expression of this magnificent terroir. Elegant and complex with superb definition and length, it has a bouquet which is refined and enveloping with notes of wild berries and hints of sweet herbs and subtle spices. The complex, velvety palate has a heady core of rich, red cherry fruit, balanced by incredibly fine, perfectly integrated...more
Bottle 75cl £97.60
Incredibly vibrant on the nose with a core of concentrated berry fruit, cedar spice, a meatiness akin to fresh sage, and an earthy backbone. On the palate the concentration of black and red fruits is astounding. The fine tannins are in perfect harmony with the refreshing acidity and sweet spice, a note of mocha rounding the experience wonderfully.more
Bottle 75cl £102.60
The deep, white soils of the Sugarille vineyard are rich in calcareous clay but very stony and more compact than the other vineyards on the estate. Combined with a south-western exposure, perfect ventilation and excellent drainage, this creates ideal conditions for long lived and structured wines. The 2008 is restrained at first but soon opens to reveal a magnificent perfume...more
Bottle 75cl £110.60
Historically Brunello needed considerable ageing, and the minimum age before release is still 4 years. However Brunello is now being produced that is delicious from release as well as having good potential for ageing – the best of both worlds and an essential development in the face of changing modern tastes.
Coastal Tuscany, particularly the area around the beautiful village of Bolgheri really hit the map in the 1970s as a new class of wines known as “Super Tuscans” emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations, using international varieties, some were considered to be of outstanding quality and received high scores from the critics and commanded surprisingly high prices for the time.
The two most renowned Super Tuscans to this day are Sassicaia and Ornellaia, for which Armit are the exclusive UK agents! Bolgheri today is synonymous with winemaking of the highest order. Exceptional terroir along the coast complemented by the wonderful Mediterranean climate provide perfect conditions for vines not only in Bolgheri and the Maremma but down to Suvereto and beyond.