The 2013 vintage in Tuscany is promising to compete with and possibly surpass the mighty 2010 and 2007. While most of Europe struggled in 2013 Tuscany excelled, a cool spring lowered yields, while a cool summer ripened the grapes slowly. Autumn followed suit, allowing the grape growers to pick ripe and balanced fruit. In Monica Larner’s vintage report, she was effusive with incredible gushing scores, stating that ‘the 2013 vintage promises greatness’. We have sourced and released the other leading wines Sassicaia (97), Fontodi Flaccianello (98), Le Pergole Torte (98) and Solaia (97+). Today we are delighted to be able to offer a parcel of Fattoria La Massa Giorgio Primo. In 2013 Larner says that their flagship wine Giorgio Primo has ‘reached a watershed moment’. It comes as no surprise therefore that it has been awarded 97 points, en par with Sassicaia, a towering score from the Wine Advocate and one of the highest ever for a wine from Chianti. Moreover, it is priced today at just £275 per case of six. It is very hard to source a wine with 97 points from the Wine Advocate for below £50 a bottle, this makes it a must have wine. Indeed, Antonio Galloni states ‘La Massa is one of the finest values in Tuscan wine today.’
Fattoria la Massa is a Super Tuscan, the 2013 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Larner calls it a ‘standout wine’, going on to say that ‘the level of sophistication and pedigree demonstrated by this wine puts it on par with Italy’s best blended reds.’ Larner views this vintage as testament to the talents of the winemaker Giampaolo Motta and ‘his specific vineyard site in Panzano in Chianti.’ The blend makes the wine unique as it is cited in Chianti’s Sangiovese stronghold, found among the hills of Panzano in the prestigious Conca d’Oro (the golden shell/basin). The vineyards here benefit from incredible aspect and predominate in shale and limestone Galestro soils. The terroir, the incredible vintage and the talent of the winemaker has resulted in something truly special.
Fattoria La Massa has a long, unique history. It is noteworthy that many generations have worked with the soils of Panzano to cultivate the noble grapes of Bordeaux. The history of La Massa goes back to 1490, while Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot themselves have been on the estate for 400 years. In fact, the Estate is located next to Rampolla, whose Cabernet Sauvignon wine d’Alceo is considered one of the finest in Italy, and has been awarded a perfect 100 score. Giampaolo Motta bought the vineyard in 1992. Prior to this he has worked in some of the most famous estates in Chianti Classico and spent time in Bordeaux. He has tirelessly worked to research the terroir and vineyard, taking advice from the renowned Stéphane Derenoncourt to achieve the highest possible quality. The culmination of this project, the land and his dream is the 2013 vintage, which catapults La Massa and in particular Giorgio Primo into the spotlight of great wines in Tuscany. This is the start of great things and is a wine to own, either to enjoy now, or age for decades. However, only 333 cases were produced, so this is rarer then hen’s teeth!
Giorgio Primo 2013, 6×75 – £275 IB
97 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
This is a truly sumptuous wine that stands as a tall testament to the winemaking talents of Giampaolo Motta, his vision for interpreting this vintage and his specific vineyard site in Panzano in Chianti. This standout wine brings Fattoria la Massa to a new level of accomplishment and opens an exciting new chapter of possibility. The 2013 Giorgio Primo (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is dark and impenetrable on first impact. The aromas accelerate slowly and grow evenly in power and intensity after a few quick swirls of the glass. The bouquet peels back with dark fruit aromas, baking spice and Mediterranean herb. The effect is seamless and smooth. A velvety texture is accented by full-bodied richness and just enough freshness to keep the palate energized. And, of course, this is just the beginning of a long cellar life.
Along with Giorgio Primo, they make the superb La Massa IGT. This is also a Super Tuscan, a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante B. It receives all of the same love and tenderness: only 850 cases of La Massa IGT are made each year. The value for money here is outstanding, priced today at £12.50 a bottle. The 2015 is yet unscored by Larner, however both the 2012 and 2013 received 92 points, and with the 2015 promising to be incredible we can expect 92-93 points from La Massa 2015, which would give it a Price Over Points Ratio of 12, possibly the lowest we have ever seen.
These are available in large formats and we have a special offer today for a case of each, which represents incredible value.
La Massa IGT 2015, 12×75 – £150 IB
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