Today we are absolutely thrilled to release one of our favourite Italian wines, Tignanello 2018, as well as the exceptional second wine from the Tignanello estate, Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2018.

Tignanello remains one of the best performing investment wines on the market and sees superb returns as quickly as 2 years after release. This growth is a product of the sustained global demand and the estate’s sensible pricing strategy. The market views Tignanello as one of the best priced great wines in the world. As a result, and despite its 300,000 case production, Tignanello sells out globally within days.

Shaped by the moderate weather and a fair amount of rain, the 2018 as noted by Antonio Galloni was “a highly intriguing vintage in Tuscany. The wines are gorgeous for their mid-weight purity and nuance”. Galloni goes on admiring the Tuscan 2018s for their “striking aromatics, medium-bodied structures and super-refined, silky tannins that make them a pure joy to taste even in the early going.” Tignanello 2018 has received an impressive score of 97 points from Galloni, who describes it as “a wine of breathtaking purity. Impossibly silky and persistent, the 2018 is all class, all the way. In many ways, the 2018 reminds me of the 2004 because of its finesse, but it has an extra degree of nuance that reflects important strides that have been made at the estate in the intervening years.” Indeed, thanks to gentle winemaking techniques and careful use of new oak Tignanello 2018 shows mesmerising purity of flavours: “Bright red-toned berries, mocha, spice, cedar, new leather and licorice are some of the many notes that linger on a finish framed by silky, perfectly ripe tannins.”

We expect all young vintages of Tignanello to cost £500 per case of six within the next few years and those with five years plus approaching £800. Therefore we highly recommend to take advantage of today’s release price of only £420 per case of six In Bond. Due to extremely high demand, we are offering Tignanello alongside the estate’s second wine, Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2018. Please note, that preference will be given to balanced orders and we do highly recommend the Chianti Classico Riserva. As such today we are offering a special price for a parcel of both wines, 6 bottles of Tignanello and 12 bottles of Chianti Classico Riserva for £700 In Bond.

Sourced from the same parcels as Tignanello itself, Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2018 is an exceptional release which has received 94-95 points from James Suckling who admires, “The density and polish to this is impressive with opulent, velvety tannins to the ripe fruit. A blue-fruit, lavender and mineral undertone to it. Flavorful and very long.” Delicious and inviting, this wine can be easily enjoyed upon its release, but will also benefit from short-term cellaring.

The Tignanello estate is located in the Chianti Classico designated area (between Greve and the Pesa river valleys), further inland than the coastal Bolgheri, where the grapes get the right amount of sunshine to ripen fully. The vineyards are sited at extremely high altitude; 1150–1312 feet above sea level, in the Santa Cristina Estate, known also as Tenuta Tignanello. This means the vineyards are found at the highest altitude in the region of Chianti Classico, thus benefiting from a cooler temperature which helps the wine retain a wonderful freshness and balanced acidity. The estate’s cult wine Tignanello is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc and is known to offer an expression of Sangiovese quite unlike any other wine. Tignanello’s malolactic fermentation is carried out in French oak and then transferred to French barrique for 16 months, followed by a year in bottle. In fact, Tignanello was the first Sangiovese based wine to be aged in small French oak barrels. 

Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes grown in Tenuta Tignanello and undergoes the same expert hand seen in the fashioning of Tignanello and Solaia, creating a world class wine at a superb price. After the grapes are harvested they are de-stemmed and sorted by hand. They are softly pressed to conserve the delicate Sangiovese aromas that are apparent once it reaches the glass: sour cherry and violets. The must is macerated on its skins, with soft techniques to extract the intense flavours and assure elegance. Fermentation takes place for a week, whereon the wine is left in contact with the skins for another ten days. After the wine is run off its skins, it is moved to 60-gallon oak barrels, coopered mainly from French oak, where it completes its malolactic fermentation by year end. The wine is then racked, blended and aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels for a year. It is then bottled and given 12 months additional ageing.