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2019 Sassicaia, Tentuta San Guido

Sassicaia

 

Tentuta San Guido’s Sassicaia stock continues to go from strength to strength. This Bolgheri icon and leading Super-Tuscan estate has seen a meteoric rise both in demand and price since the release of the 2013 vintage. The 2019 incarnation, offered here, has followed recent trends where sourcing the wine at the original offer price is becoming harder and harder each year. This has resulted in the secondary market price for this wine jumping over 40% since it was first offered in February. At £1400 a 6bt case in bond, we are firmly amongst the cheapest in the UK market, with some merchants now offering at over £1600 a case. If you have not secured any yet, or maybe would like more, then this is a good opportunity. There is also the long-term view that prices for the best Sassicaia vintages will only increase further, which makes holding more stock – for drinking or investing – a sensible idea.

Sassicaia’s story begins in the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta inherited the 7,500-acre Tenuta San Guido estate in Bolgheri. At this time, Bolgheri had no history of commercial winemaking and was primarily producing orchard fruit. A fan of Bordeaux wines, Incisa della Rocchetta sourced some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon vines and planted a small vineyard on the property. After little initial success resulting in a waning enthusiasm for the project in the 1960s, Incisa della Rocchetta began tasting older Incisa della Rocchettatles which showed promise and a first commercial release in 1968. New vineyards were planted and Giacomo Tachis was employed as "guardian of the grapes". Swift improvements were made in the vineyard and winery and the wines immediately improved.

Sassicaia’s move to becoming the most recognisable wine from Tuscany was confirmed when Robert Parker awarded the 1985 a perfect 100-point score, describing the wine as “otherworldly”. The critic later went on to describe the wine as the highlight of his 40-year tasting career: “unquestionably one of the most compelling and dramatic Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted”. Sassicaia has never looked back and remains high on all collectors wish lists.