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October 10, 2012

Tuscany and its Super Wines: Tignanello 2009

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TIGNANELLO 2009 – £235 (6×75) 94 Parker Points

Lowest in the market – available immediately – OWC IB

Tignanello is unique, maintaining tradition by using Tuscany’s (arguably Italy’s) greatest grape variety, while utilising modern and international winemaking methods. It also displays a vintage premium as unlike Bordeaux, vintages invariably become more expensive as they age. For example, we are offering the 2009, which scored an excellent 94 Parker Points – making it a candidate for the wine of the vintage - for £235 per half case (OWC), while the 2004 vintage which is also 94 Parker Points trades at £450 and the 1990, £700. Tignanello represents incredible value when compared to the other big name Super Tuscans which are double the price, indeed Masseto has returned 90% since 2008 and Sassicaia 40% since 2007. Tignanello is on par with the other great Tuscan wines, yet costs half the price.

TIGNANELLO 2009 – 94 Parker Points £235 6×75 available immediately, OWC IB 

Tignanello 2004 – 94 Parker Points £450 6×75 Market Price
Tigannello 1990 – 94 Parker Points £700 6×75 Market Price

A bit of History
Italy fell into the doldrums in the late 19th and mid-20th century, only to be re-ignited in the, late 70s, 80s and 90s, by producing modern variations on traditional wines. The most controversial Super Tuscans are named such to denote all Tuscan wines that do not conform to traditional Tuscan winemaking practices and therefore do not fit their DOC or DOCG designations. The main reason for breaking convention was the use of international (predominately Bordeaux blends) grape varieties, as is the case with Sassicaia, Solaia, Ornellaia and Masseto. Today they offer an excellent alternative to Bordeaux at a fraction of the price of First Growths. They also have an extremely strong on-trade (restaurants and hotels) business and are sold in all good Italian restaurants the world over, as well as any other top quality wine list.
Tignanello and the Antinori Family
Tignanello is made by the Antinori family, famous also for Solaia (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese) and Guado al Tasso. However, unlike Solaia and the other aforementioned wines Tignanello is made up predominately of (85%) of Sangiovese, the traditional grape variety of Chianti, the splendid Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. In fact Tignanello was the first Sangiovese based wine to be aged in small French oak barrels (normally spending a year in new oak) and unlike the other world famous Super Tuscans, 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.

Whether it be for investing or laying down for future consumption, Tignanello 2009 should form part of any portfolio. To secure a case please reply to this email, or info@igwines.com, or call us on 0203 195 8051.

TIGNANELLO 2009 (6X75) 94 Parker Points – £235 – 20 cases available
The 2009 Tignanello is quite beautiful. Cedar, graphite, sweet herbs, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of highly expressive red fruits. The 2009 impresses for its energy, drive and focus. Today, the 2009 comes across as slightly understated relative to many recent vintages, especially 2007 and 2008. There is a silkiness and polish that is reminiscent of the 2004. Tignanello is 75% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc from vineyards in San Casciano Val di Pesa, one of the most evocative hillsides in all of Italy. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.