James Suckling on Bibi Graetz

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In James Suckling’s 2016 Super Tuscan & Bolgheri Report, focussing on around four hundred reds, he has concluded that: “What’s obvious is the top producers of Tuscany have their vinticulture and winemaking finely tuned at the moment.”

One of those top producers is the artist turned cult old-vine winemaker and Tuscan varietal champion Bibi Graetz, topping the list with 98 points for his Colore 2011, but also receiving 97 points for his Testamatta 2013 and a best-ever 94 points for his Soffocone di Vincigliata 2014. We have all three direct from the Bibi Graetz’s cellar shipping in Autumn 2016…

The Colore has become a regular fixture in Suckling’s Top 100 Italian Wines. A blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino from roughly 60 year old vines made in tiny quantities in Bibi's family home; the medieval Castello di Vincigliata in Fiesole pictured below.

Suckling has previously called Testamatta “One of Tuscany’s true cult wines”, describing it as “a pure Sangiovese that has the race and breed of a grand cru Burgundy. Think of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's La Tâche.”

According to Suckling, for 2014 all of the Testamatta and Colore have been declassified into Soffocone di Vincigliata. Suckling has called the result the “best-ever”, making it a great introduction to this cult winery.


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2014 Soffocone di Vincigliata Graetz; Bibi Central Italy 2014 Soffocone di Vincigliata Graetz; Bibi Central Italy