Masseto Massetino 2019 (3x75cl)

Masseto Massetino 2019 (3x75cl)

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First released in 2017, the Massetino (‘second wine’) is largely Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc. Though widely considered to be the second wine of Masseto, it commands such impressive scores that it stands on its own as a hugely appealing production. Though “soft and pliant”, the Massetino 2019 is also “incredibly rich and layered”, offering generous notes of ripe cherries and blackberry backed by “Spice, tobacco and campfire ash” (Monica Larner, 94-96 points) towards the finish. Supported by 95 points from Suckling, who deems it a “solid and sturdy second wine from Masseto”, Massetino 2019 holds the potential of being Wine Advocate’s best-scoring vintage and makes a fantastic buy!
95 James Suckling  
94-96 Wine Advocate  
93 Jane Anson  
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  • Year 2019
  • Colour Red
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • Sub Region NA
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 3x75cl
  • ABV 15.5°
  • Drinking Window 2024 - 2042
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 183994420190300750
Reviews (3)
95 James Suckling  
94-96 Wine Advocate  
93 Jane Anson  
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About Masseto

A pure and unrelenting single vineyard wine, the sibling of Ornellaia was the second label founded by the visionary Ludovico Antinori – it is now under the ownership of possibly the finest vinous clan in Italy, the Frescobaldi family.

 

Masseto was born out of its stubbornness and uncooperative terroir and first released in 1984. In the seismic wake of Sassicaia’s success in the 1980s, many ambitious winemakers and landowners pursued the model of crafting genuinely outstanding Bordeaux blend wines across the Tuscan coast.

 

The Vineyard and The Wine

Masseto, however, was a tiny vineyard of completely anomalous terroir. A single seven-hectare parcel of heavy clay, totally unsuitable for the Cabernets (Sauvignon and Franc) which were used by both Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Despite some reluctance due to it being something of an unknown quantity in the region, André Tchelistcheff persuaded Antinori to plant Merlot.

 

Made exclusively from Merlot, it became rapidly apparent that Masseto was something quite extraordinary. An increasingly large and receptive domestic audience quickly became a voracious international one even before its first perfect 100 point score in 2001.

 

A general consensus has emerged amongst not only critics but collectors alike that Masseto is the single greatest expression of Merlot to be found in Italy – without question the most desirable and prestigious. The arrival of super consultant Michel Rolland seal its fate, and Masseto was quickly dubbed “the Pétrus of Italy”, thanks to both its breath-taking quality and Rolland’s Pomerol roots.

 

Aged for two whole years in 50% new oak, the fruit has more than enough structure and intensity to easily accommodate and integrate this level. In such a hot climate, the primary concern for the team at Masseto has elevated sugar levels, extreme ripeness which in turn leads to excessively high alcohol. This is a balancing act of the highest order, but one in which current vigneron Axel Heinz walks perfectly each and every vintage.

 

The tiny vineyard produces only 35,000 bottles a year, and with the scores, it achieves the wine is almost never available.

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