Super Tuscan wine has stolen the limelight this year with global markets flooding to buy these great wines off the back of the great 2010 vintage. However, Peleo Rosso from Macchiole could be the best buy of the year after receiving a staggering 97 points from Antonio Galloni and 96 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. This critical acclaim means it equals Ornellaia and surpasses Sassicaia in 2010, yet released today at £280 for a case of 6. What makes this wine even more exciting is that it is 100% Cabernet Franc!
The La Macchiole estate was founded by Eugenio Campolmi in 1975 and led the second wave of Super Tuscans after Sassicaia and Tignanello. It did much to solidify and validate the strength of Bolgheri, where the estate occupies 11 hectares, the region that Sassicaia Ornellaia and Masseto herald from. In 1992 Macchiole’s Paleo tied first place with Sassicaia and Ornellaia in a comparative tasting of Tuscany, while in in 1995 Paleo placed second only losing to Pichon Lalande at Vin Italy.
Peleo’s production is very small, with an average of 2,500 cases, made from minuscule yields equating to only one bottle per vine: the entire estate only produces 8,000 cases per year. La Macchiole is also famed for Messorio, which produces only 800 cases per year and is considered, along with Masseto, Redigaffi and Galatrona as one of the great 100% Merlot Tuscans. In 2004 James Suckling (then with the Wine Spectator), gave Messorio 100 points, rating it higher than Masseto, Redigaffi and Galatrona.
La Macchiole thereby occupies a wonderful position, as one of the first and greatest Super Tuscans, which competes with and often surpasses the others great Super Tuscans. However the Cabernet Franc offers something different: Its complexity is extraordinary, displaying powerful rich black fruits, blueberries, raspberries, dark cherries, mocha, grilled herbs, plums yet also rosemary, spice violets, toast and smoke. The palate is memorising, weighty but with wonderful freshness balance and finesse, finishing with early notes of forest floor and a touch of pencil shavings and graphite. What it has over Cabernet Sauvignon however is an immense elegance, combing subtle floral notes with wonderfully integrated, precise fruits. It is polished and the finish goes on for over a minute. If you did not know you were in Tuscany you may think this was Cheval Blanc, in fact this, put simply, is Italy’s version of Cheval Blanc!
La Macchiole’s Paleo offers incredible value for money; however global demand for this wine is rising every year and its small production will not be able to handle this. This wine will rise steeply in value of the next 3-5 years and whether for collecting with the mind-set of enjoying it over the next ten years or for investment this wine comes with our highest recommendation. We could only source 13 cases and this is not a wine to miss out on!
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