Tignanello has become one of the best performing investment wines in the market. This performance can be measured in short-term gains, seeing superb returns in its 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 in the market. As a result, and despite its 30,000-case production Tignanello sells out globally within days. The global demand is a reflection of its untiring quality. The 2017 vintage in Tuscany combined frost, drought and extreme temperatures, which resulted in a heavily reduced crop. Moreover, it produced very ripe fruit, much of which was shrivelled, certainly reaching full maturity. Among leading wines this translates to concentration of fruit, yet with less freshness and short of the greatness seen in the mighty 2015 and 2016 vintages. However, Tignanello once again is one of the wines of the vintage which has already been awarded 95+ points from Antonio Galloni who says ‘The 2017 Tignanello is dense, exotic and flamboyant. Red berry fruit, cherries in liqueur, blood orange, wild flowers and sweet spice are front and center in this sumptuous, racy Tignanello that is likely to drink beautifully right out of the gate.’ Such a score places it alongside the 2013, surpassing all other vintages aside from the 2015 and 2016, which is a remarkable achievement.
As such, we are excited to be able to offer Tignanello 2017 today priced at £395 per case of six. Given the demand for Tignanello we will sell out instantly. We expect the secondary market to rise above £450 and then upwards. We expect all young vintages of Tignanello to cost £500 per case of six within the next few years, with those with five years plus approaching £800. In 2017 production is down by 30%, which for a wine that perennially sells out puts further pressure on the incredible global demand.
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 sited 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.
We are also delighted to release a new exciting wine from Antinori. Marchese Piero Antinori discovered the Haras de Pirque Estate in the 1990s, a gifted estate owned by the Matte family. It is sited in Pirque, which is one of the prestigious winemaking areas in the Maipo Valley. The vineyards are located just south of the River Maipo, at 550 and 660 metres above sea level, in the northern foothill of the Andes. The vineyards are special, experiencing a diurnal change of over 20°C. The large change in temperature helps a balanced and low ripening. The vineyard is certified organic. One can understand why in 2001 the Antinori family entered into a joint-venture with the Matte family and in 2017 they acquired the estate in full and have entered a period of large investment.
Albis is the Cru of the Estate, a wine of elegance and beautiful purity of fruit. The vines have an average age approaching 40 years, planted in 1992. The wine is a beautiful expression of two varietals, a classic expression of around 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenere grown in the vinicultural paradise of the foothills of the Andes. The 2016 is their latest release a wine which has been scored 92 points from James Suckling who describes it as having ‘good depth, the tannins and ripe flavors building nicely on the palate with a ton of fresh-blackberry and floral character. Good length for a 2016′. It is a wine that is already building up a head of steam in the global markets It is priced brilliantly on release today at £180 per case of six, a discount of £40 to the lowest market listing. The price is very appealing when compared to the other joint venture wines of Chile, though the potential of the Estate and current investment suggests release prices will rise in the coming years. It is worth securing now, it can be enjoyed next year and will age for a decade in bottle.
We can offer a special deal today of one case of Tignanello and one case of Albis for £550, which offers remarkable value.