A bit of History
Italy fell into the doldrums in the late 19th and mid-20th century, only to be re-ignited in the, late 70s, 80s and 90s, by producing modern variations on traditional wines. The most controversial Super Tuscans are named such to denote all Tuscan wines that do not conform to traditional Tuscan winemaking practices and therefore do not fit their DOC or DOCG designations. The main reason for breaking convention was the use of international (predominately Bordeaux blends) grape varieties, as is the case with Sassicaia, Solaia, Ornellaia and Masseto. Today they offer an excellent alternative to Bordeaux at a fraction of the price of First Growths. They also have an extremely strong on-trade (restaurants and hotels) business and are on other top quality wine list.

Tignanello and the Antinori Family
Tignanello is the Antinori family’s flagship wine, also famous for Solaia (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese) and Guado al Tasso. However, unlike Solaia and the other aforementioned wine, Tignanello is made up predominately of (85%) of Sangiovese, the traditional grape variety of Chianti, the splendid Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Tignanello is a milestone wine, it was the first Sangiovese based wine to be aged in small French oak barrels (normally spending a year in new oak) and one of the first red wines in the Chianti region that didn’t use white grapes. Unlike the other world famous Super Tuscans, Tignanello is grown 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.

Available Wines

2018 Ao Yun, Shangri-La 6x75cl

£1,350/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2019 Eisele Vineyard, Altagracia, Napa Valley 6x75cl

£600/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Jun 2023

2020 Argiano, Solengo, IGT 6x75cl

£220/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: May 2023

2018 Argiano, Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna del Suolo 6x75cl

£680/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: May 2023