This morning we are very pleased to be able to offer an iconic joint venture between two of the most legendary families in the wine world, Luce della Vite’s flagship Super Tuscan wine, the 2018 Luce. Founded by Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and the Robert Mondavi family, Tenuta Luce is located in the heart of Tuscany near to the village of Montalcino and although the estate produces a 100% Brunello di Montalcino, it is the Super Tuscan cuvee Luce, in which they have introduced roughly 50% Merlot into the blend which is considered the flagship wine of the estate. The 2018 Luce has already received a stellar 97-point score from James Suckling, who praises, “Very focused and classy on the nose with blackberries, currants, mushrooms and dark bark. It’s full-bodied with a tight palate of chewy tannins that give structure and form to the wine. Beautiful center palate of dark fruit and mushrooms.” It is available today for the price of £430 per case of six IB, which is an exceptional considering its equal scoring Super Tuscan peers Ornellaia and Sassicaia are both currently trading at more than twice this price as demonstrated in the table below.
 

WineVintageJSPrice
Luce della Vite201897£430
Ornellaia201897£800
Sassicaia201897£1,080

 
Luce della Vite, translating to “light of the vine” in Italian, is a collaboration between two of the wine world’s most famous families, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi, who had the innovative notion of marrying the roundness and softness of Merlot with the elegance and structure of Brunello di Montalcino’s signature Sangiovese. They released the first vintage of their flagship wine in 1993, with an iconic label serving as a tribute to the golden and radiant sun from which the project was inspired. Each harvest, the harmonious balance between these contrasting expressions of the grapes and their respective terroir is found within Luce, resulting in an extraordinary complexity in its expression.
 
Tenuta Luce is located near to the Tuscan village of Montalcino, and today is owned entirely by the Marchese de’ Frescobaldi, whose history as winemakers can be traced back over thirty generations to 1308. The estate spans nearly 250 hectares, nearly 90 of which are under either Sangiovese or Merlot vines. The Merlot is grown on the 350 metre altitude clay soils ideal whereas the Sangiovese can be found at 420 metres, upon sandstone and limestone soil. Whereas a Brunello di Montalcino must legally be 100% Sangiovese, Luce was born by the shared desire of these behemoth families to create the first “Super Tuscan” to hail from the heart of Brunello in Montalcino by capturing the trademark structure of Sangiovese, softened by the addition of Merlot, allowing it to be enjoyed even in its youthful stage. The iconic red sun with twelve flames which adorns the label is inspired by the altarpiece of the Basilica di Santo Spirito located in Florence.