Today we are delighted to offer Masseto 2012 at a price of £1,025 per case of three bottles, one of the most popular and prestigious releases of the year. The 2012 vintage has been awarded 99 points by the leading critic James Suckling.
The 2012 vintage was hot and dry from June through August causing the vines to slow growth. This followed on from a cool February and a wet May. Taken together this means yields are down 10-30%, with the harvest concentrated between September 25th and October 10th. Antonio Galloni has already reported that ‘So far, I am enthusiastic about 2012. It was a hot, dry year, but with some rain at the end. The 2012s showed more freshness and vibrancy than the 2011s at the addresses I visited.’ The result was consistent ripening, yielding a generous, seductive wine, with all the hallmarks that distinguish a great vintage of Masseto.
Masseto is released on the Place de Bordeaux through negociants; allocations are minuscule, leading to immediate price increases overnight. Today we are releasing Masseto 2012 at a 6.8% reduction on 2011 and a 12% decrease on the 2010’s current trading price, after one and two years in bottle respectively:
Masseto is located on the Tuscan coast in Bolgheri and was established by the Antinori Family, who are also responsible for Ornellaia. Masseto is a paragon of wine making, found on the hill of Masseto, which is about 120 metres above sea level. Just like Petrus, its clay terroir allows the soil to absorb and store water, aided further by the sea breeze which keeps the terrain perennially cool. This allows the grapes to grow steadily, without stress; a process which allows them to ripen fully under the warm Tuscan sun acquiring an ideal harmony of sugar and phenolic ripeness.
Its parallels with Petrus continue as the Estate mimics Petrus’ low yields; its six hectares produce a maximum of 2,000 cases per year. It is – for all intents and purposes – Petrus grown under the Tuscan sun. Masseto is both rarer and offers better relative value; Petrus produce 5000 cases per year.
As always Masseto will sell out across the globe within a few months of its release and with so little available many are forced to drink younger vintages; prices rise steepl after only five years in bottle.
3×75 – £1,025 In Bond or £1,237.38 incl duty and VAT
James Suckling, 99 Points
Fantastic aromas of lavender, rosemary, violets and currants. Full body, a wonderful concentration of fruit yet tense and taunt energy. The new wood is exposed now but will become integrated and polished. Give it three or four years together. The pure merlot magic is there. The 2011 was a perfect wine, and this is very close indeed. Drink in 2019.
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