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Tuscany

Fine winemaking has existed here for hundreds of years, since the city state of Florence was enjoying its heyday, but, despite a respect for the past, Tuscany has gained a reputation for innovation and experimentation.  This was sparked by the depths that the district plumbed in the 1960s, when Chianti became a byword for insipid wine served in the ubiquitous bottle in a basket.  That area has been successfully resurrected and is joined by Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the 'Super Tuscans' in the production of quality wine.

Fine winemaking has existed here for hundreds of years, since the city state of Florence was enjoying its heyday, but, despite a respect for the past, Tuscany has gained a reputation for innovation and experimentation.  This was sparked by the depths that the district plumbed in the 1960s, when Chianti became a byword for... read more.

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Tuscany is beloved by the British as a holiday spot, and the wines that we find over there can only enhance the appeal. 

Vines and Styles

Sangiovese is the king of Tuscany.  It can be blended with Canaiolo, Colorino and Mammolo, or even the white Trebbiano and Malvasia, to make Chianti. Along with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is important for the 'Super Tuscans'. It is the sole contributor to a Brunello di Montalcino and is blended with Canaiolo and Mammolo for a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (which has nothing to do with the grape variety Montepulciano, which is used in Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and the Marches). Trebbiano, Roussanne, Malvasia, Vernaccia and Vermentino are joined by Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to make the often excellent dry white wines.  Dessert wines are a rarity and are highly regarded.

Climate and Conditions

Tuscany can neatly be divided into the coastal belt and the Central Hills. The former is warm, stable, flat in comparison with the rest of the district, and ideal for red wines. The Central Hills are more challenging, and often more rewarding. With height, often up to 550m or more, comes good drainage and a respite from the heat leading to a longer ripening season. Summer rains are the main concern in the hills.

Key Vintages

1990 was a great year for Tuscan wines, and most of the rest of the decade (1991 and 1992 excepted) continued in the same vein.  The 21st century has not quite recaptured those heights, except for the excellent 2001 vintage, but nor have results been bad.

 

 

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  1. Chianti Classico, Geografico

    Chianti Classico, Geografico, 2014 75cl

    From the heart of the Chianti region with plenty of the cherry fruit character that is the calling card of wines made there. What sets it apart is the cleanness of the ripe fruit and violet notes that combine for a velvety smooth experience in the mouth.

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  2. Chianti, Duca di Sasseta,

    Chianti, Duca di Sasseta, 2015 75cl

    Light and very approachable this is an easy-drinker suitable for most occasions. Lovely fresh cherry fruit content is presented with medium to light body and low tannin for a refreshing drop that has an unimposing, delicate finish.

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  3. Chianti Classico Riserva, Montegiachi

    Chianti Classico Riserva, Montegiachi, 2012 75cl

    From one of the more progressive co-operatives in Tuscany with an inviting bright ruby colour. Two years in oak have allowed the fruit to mature and this combines well with a strong aroma of violets.

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  4. Crognolo, Tenuta Sette Ponti

    Crognolo, Tenuta Sette Ponti, 2013 75cl

    Made from Sangiovese and Merlot, this wine has fantastic aromas of blackberries, coffee and toasted oak with big silky tannins and a long, long finish.

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  5. 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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  6. Vino Santo del Chianti Geografico

    Vin Santo del Chianti Geografico, Italy, 2011 75cl

    Amber in colour and with a nose full of fruit and nut. Strong flavours of apricot are supported by this nutty texture in a very rich fashion with plenty figs and raisins to boot. Made in the traditional way, it stands out among its peers.

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