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September 18, 2014

Masseto 2011 – 100pts James Suckling

Masseto

“The 2011 Masseto… is a perfect wine and reminiscent of the legendary 100-point 2001.”
James Suckling

Masseto is possibly the most popular and prestigious release of the year and it is with great pleasure that we can offer a small second tranche parcel of Masseto 2011. Masseto 2011 is even more exciting than the 2010, as the 2011 has recently be awarded 100 points by arguably Italy’s leading critic, James Suckling. Suckling’s first utterance on the wine is simply, ‘WOW’!
 
The 2011 vintage is already being spoken about as another truly great Super Tuscan vintage, although production of Masseto is down 30%, adding to its rarity and stretching allocations. Moreover, Masseto is released on the Place de Bordeaux through negociants; allocations are minuscule, leading to immediate price increases.The 98 point scoring 2010 Masseto has already risen to £1,200 a case, the other vintage Suckling has awarded 100 points to, 2001, trades today at £2,400 per 3x75cl case:

2011      100          £1,100
2010       98           £1,180
2009       95           £1,000
2008       99           £1,350
2006       99           £1,750
2007       96           £1,450
2006       99           £1,500
2001      100          £2,400

MASSETO! PETRUS UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Masseto is located on the Tuscan coast in Bolgheri and was established by the Antinori Family, who are also responsible for Ornellaia. Masseto is a paragon of wine making, found on the hill of Masseto, which is about 120 metres above sea level. Just like Petrus, its clay terroir allows the soil to absorb and store water, aided further by the cool sea breeze which keeps the terrain perennially cool. This allows the grapes to grow steadily, without stress; a process which allows them to ripen fully under the warm Tuscan sun acquiring an ideal harmony of sugar and phenolic ripeness.

Its parallels with Petrus continue as the Estate mimics Petrus’ low yields; its six hectares produce a maximum of 2,000 cases a year. It is – for all intense and purposes – Petrus grown under the Tuscan sun. Masseto is both rarer and offers better relative value; producing a meagre 2,000 cases a year against Petrus’ 5,000. Masseto leads Italy in Liv-ex’s Power 100 at number 11, ahead of Chateaux Margaux and Haut Brion. This is hardly surprising when we consider it has increased in value by 110% over the last five years and therefore, represents one of the best investments in the fine wine market.

Suckling has nailed his colours to the mast delivering a staggering 100 points. This alone means Masseto 2011 will develop legendary status, driving the price up and stretching the already reduced supply. Masseto rises in price quickly after release and continues thereafter, the 2011 is a truly special wine that will be near impossible to source in a decade.

3×75 - £1,100 IB
or £1,327.38 incl duty and VAT

1×150 - £850 IB
or £1,024.92 incl duty and VAT

James Suckling, 100 Points
‘Wow. Fabulous aromas of currants, rosemary, mint and orange peel. Perfect nose. Full body with perfectly integrated tannins. It’s long and incredible with tangerine, toasted-oak, berry, terracotta and chocolate flavors. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This needs at least five years to soften but so spellbinding now.’ Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032

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