Querciabella Camartina 2000, 6×75, £330

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Querciabella is firmly established among the elite Tuscans and famed for their white Burgundy styled Chardonnay blend which danced with the polemical when it was named provocatively Batard; now renamed Batar. Most prominently is their leading Super Tuscan wine Querciabella Camartina, which we can offer today from a remarkable vintage with 18 years of age, effortlessly within its drinking windows, where it will stay for another decade. We are delighted to offer Querciabella 2000, ex-cellar, direct from the Estate’s cellars, for the remarkable price of £330 per case of six. This is an outstanding offering, priced at the recent release prices for new vintages, however, the 2000 requires no cost to age, it is ready to drink now and for a decade.

The 2000 vintage is a special one for the Estate, for in the 2004 edition of the extremely influential Italian La Guida delle Guide, it achieved stellar accolades. La Guida delle Guide, is a volume published by Class Editori, which takes a compendium of all the Italian wine guides, Gambero Rosso, Espresso, Veronelli and the Italian Sommelier Association. As such, it is curated from the leading wine publications and writers. La Guida delle Guide convert the scores in an into a homogenous value, manifesting a marvellous, multi sourced overview. The 2004 publication awarded Camartina 2000 the top score, ranking it first from 1,200 wines, the leading lights from Italy.

Indeed, despite this accolade, Camartina 2000 has not been tasted by the leading Anglo critics. As such, it is a hallowed vintage of Camartina in Italy, yet not subjected to the price increases such accolades in the US and UK establish. Therefore, we can offer it today at £330 per case of six, remarkable value for a famous, award winning vintage. We tried several bottles over the last few weeks and Camartina 2000 is an irresistibly sexy wine, with captivating aromatics, including cherries, violets and graphite, with sweet spices of white pepper and tertiary flavours of leather, white chocolate, forest floor and tobacco. It is Burgundian in style, a synthesises of Chianti and the Cote d’Or, without losing any of the earthy minerality and sweetness that help define the Super Tuscans. Camartina 2000 is an ethereal experience for any Italian wine lover.

The genesis of Querciabella is part of the tapestry of the history of Tuscan wine. The late Giuseppe Castiglioni was part of the original Super Tuscan vanguard in the early 1970s and his wines are considered alongside Solaia, Tignanello and Sassicaia. Querciabella is part of the elite cadre of estates, which along with Tignanello and Solaia boast the acclaimed consultant Giacomo Tachis. Camartina, like Tignanello, remains accessibly priced on release, but while Tignanello produces in excess of 25,000 cases a year, Querciabella Camartina make 1,500 cases; just 15,000 bottles and it sells out quickly. Indeed it is almost the mirror image of Tignanello, made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese: Tignanello’s blend is 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon often with a smidgen of Cabernet Franc. The other distinction is that Querciabella Camartina is only produced in great vintages!

The Estate occupies a prime locality in the municipalities of Greve, Panzano, Radda and Gaiole and the 74 hectare Estate is enveloped by natural forests. Adding to this they have their prime 32 hectare vineyard in Maremma, on the glorious Etruscan coast. The grapes are cultivated organically (since 1988) and are now fully biodynamic (since 2000). The grapes are destemmed, not crushed and undergo 12 and 20 days maceration for the Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon respectively. This fully extracts the ripe tannin and phenolics, stabilising the wine beautifully. The wine is aged in 100% French oak, 40% new and 60% with one year’s age. Camartina is made without using any animal products and it is among the few truly great wines suitable for vegetarians.

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