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January 25, 2017

Antinori Tignanello 2014

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Tignanello has become one of the best performing investment wines on the market. This performance can be measured in short-term gains, seeing superb returns in the first two years in bottle. This growth is a product of the sustained global demand and its sensible pricing strategy. The market views Tignanello as one of the best priced great wines on the market. As a result, and despite its 30,000 case production, Tignanello sells out globally in a matter of months. This is hardly surprising when one considers its average score over the last ten years, 94.5 points from Antonio Galloni, its ability to age and its intense flavours, quality and power from the glass. With this in mind, we are delighted to be able to offer Tignanello 2014 today priced at £290 per case of six. This is a very good price, representing a very small euro increase on last year. With production down 30% on 2013 we expect this to sell out today, in fact it is so popular we expect it to become strictly allocation based in the coming years.

The 2014 vintage in Tuscany saw a cool spring, followed by a period of high temperatures, which caused an early bud break and plentiful fruit set. Late June and in particular July and August experienced the cool weather. A mild and dry September and October turned what would have been a difficult red vintage into an unexpectedly good vintage. Tignanello 2014 is yet to be scored, but its consistent performance promises another set of very good accolades.

As the table below demonstrates, Tignanello experiences an attractive vintage premium, consistently rising in price once in bottle. The last eight vintages of Tignanello increase on average 31% in the last 12 months. Today’s release price offers the opportunity to secure Tignanello 2014 before the market re-adjusts to reflect the secondary market trading prices of all other vintages.

Vintage Score AG Jan-16 Jan-17 Performance
2014 N/A N/A £290 N/A
2013 95+ £265 £350 32%
2012 95 £265 £320 21%
2011 95 £270 £350 30%
2010 96 £320 £400 25%
2009 94 £280 £400 43%
2008 94 £350 £420 20%
2007 95 £360 £500 39%
2006 92 £450 £620 38%

Tignanello is a darling across the world and one of the few major names to still release under £300 per six pack. Its importance is affirmed in its inclusion in the Liv-ex Super Tuscan Index alongside Masseto, Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Solaia. As mentioned previously, the reason for the superb price on release is that Tignanello has high production, with the capacity to make close to 30,000 cases a year. However, as soon as the vintage sells out, demand forces the price steadily higher.

It was Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia that fashioned the genesis of Super Tuscans; however, it was Piero Antinori and his chef-d’oeuvre Tignanello that created the vanguard spreading the word and cementing their great potential. In this respect Tignanello was the second official Super Tuscan, using Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Yet unlike Sassicaia it is not a recreation of Bordeaux style claret, instead a representation of the subtlety, depth and versatility of the great and noble Sangiovese.

Tignanello’s malolactic fermentation is carried out in French oak and then transferred to French barrique for 14 months, followed by a year in bottle. In fact, Tignanello was the first Sangiovese based wine to be aged in small French oak barrels. Tignanello offers an expression of Sangiovese quite unlike any other wine. It is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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. The vineyards are cited 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.

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