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Toscana (Super Tuscan)

The Super Tuscans are a group rather than a geographical location or a legal classification.  It was, indeed, dissatisfaction with the latter that led to their rebellious emergence in the 1980s.

The Super Tuscans are a group rather than a geographical location or a legal classification.  It was, indeed, dissatisfaction with the latter that led to their rebellious emergence in the 1980s.

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So frustrated were they by the legislation originally drawn up in the sixties, and inadequate from the start, that they chose to waive their right to what they saw as the straightjacket of DOC status. They broke the rules, being relegated to IGT or lowly Vino da Tavola standing, but many achieved excellence in the process and the name of 'Super Tuscans' soon followed.

Vines and Styles

Their principal crime was the adoption of foreign grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to complement the local hero Sangiovese.  When the dust settled, and the results were undeniably excellent, the DOC laws were relaxed to include these once-reviled invaders.  Through sheer bloody-mindedness, or a desire to hold onto their marketable 'Super Tuscan' status, many producers who now qualify for DOC status continue to shun it. There is no inclusive style as such, but Bordeaux is a major influence and prices are usually high (and justifiably so).

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  1. Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017

    Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017 75cl

    A refreshing light white with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit on both the nose and palate. Would be an ideal match with lighter dishes such as a pasta salad.

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  2. Col di Sasso Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon, Banfi, Toscana, 2016

    Col di Sasso Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon, Banfi, Toscana, 2016 75cl

    An intense bouquet of black cherry and spice. On the palate with black fruits and supported by soft tannins and hints of smoke. Ideal with pizza, pasta, grilled meat and poultry.

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  3. La Lus Albarossa, Banfi, Piedmont

    La Lus Albarossa, Banfi, 2015 75cl

    Fresh, fruity and complex. Hints of cherry, plum jam and red fruits on the nose alongside aromas of vanilla and licorice given by the wood. On the palate, it is velvety and well balanced, with the presence of sweet tannins.

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  4. Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany

    Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany, 2012 75cl

    Restrained ripe fruit on the nose presents itself with the same soft elegance on the palate with cassis by far the most dominant flavour. Black and red berry fruit character develops, joined by herby notes and firm tannin. Very well structured, with a clean and generous finish of tremendous length. A superb wine with pedigree, and a reputation that is entirely justified.

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