Tenuta San Guido

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Tenuta San Guido: The Importance

Not wishing to put too fine a point on it, but the importance of Tenuta San Guido is Sassicaia. Widely credited to have been the first-ever Super Tuscan, alongside fellow heavyweights Solaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia, this wine sparked a revolution in Italian winemaking. Sassicaia started as a Vino da Tavola because of its use of grape varieties not permitted under the restrictive DOC regulations. However, the quality and demand lead to these experimental wines being granted the right to use the Indicazione Geografica Tipica classification of Toscana and then later DOC Bolgheri. Such is the fame of Sassicaia that it went one step further by being awarded its own exclusive DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia, the only wine from a single estate to receive this privilege.

 

In the late 1970s Decanter arranged a tasting of “great clarets” judged by a panel including Serena Sutcliffe, Hugh Johnson and Clive Coates, which was won by Sassicaia. It was the first Italian wine to receive a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker, who claims to have misidentified it in blind tastings for Mouton Rothschild. In 2015 it was the second most searched for wine on Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages and after a tasting of Sassicaia magnums Jancis asked herself the following question: “Does my working life get any better than this?” before answering: “No it does not.” Neal Martin has called it “the catalyst for modern Italian viticulture” and today Sassicaia remains one of the world’s finest and most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

 

Tenuta San Guido: The Insight

Sassicaia is the jewel in Tenuta San Guido’s crown. Its terroir inspired the Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; the name means stony field in a similar fashion to Graves being named after its gravelly soils. Sassicaia deserves a place in the cellars of Italian wine lovers, Bordeaux collectors or fans of the innovative New World wines it encouraged.

 

In the early 2000s Tenuta San Guido introduced two new wines, available at a fraction of the price of Sassicaia. The first was Guidalberto, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend to act as, in Tenuta San Guido’s words, “a wine which could be appreciated at a younger age compared to our veteran Sassicaia.” This wine consistently receives over 90 points from Wine Advocate.

 

The second was Le Difese, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, offers a lower priced alternative that more closely reflects the local Chianti.

 

Tenuta San Guido: The Background

Tenuta San Guido can be found just outside the village of Bolgheri in Maremma, Tuscany. Their 90 hectares of vineyards spread over 13km from the sea to the hills. Founder and racehorse owner Mario Incisa della Rocchetta particularly enjoyed the wines of Bordeaux, so when he married Marchesa Clarice della Gherardesca and received a large swathe of land as part of her dowry, he decided to plant a vineyard. He had noticed similarities in the terroir and so took cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in 1944 from a vineyard belonging to a friend near Pisa. For almost thirty years the wine was made purely for his family, until his son Nicolò and nephew Piero Antinori convinced him to sell his 1968 vintage in 1971. It proved such a hit that Mario Incisa della Rocchetta enlisted the help of the oenologist Giacomo Tachis, described by The Scotsman as “the king of Italian winemakers”, to help hone and perfect the wine.

 

The winery is still family owned and consists of four major vineyards; Castiglioncello (the first to be planted in 1944), Sassicaia (cooled by maritime winds), Aia Nuova and Quercione (planted from cuttings from Sassicaia on a high ridge).

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2015 Le Difese San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

92.0

2015 Le Difese Central Italy

92.0
£127.00
£127.00
£65.00

2014 Le Difese San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

2014 Le Difese Central Italy

£117.00
£117.00

2013 Le Difese San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

90.0

2013 Le Difese Central Italy

90.0
£151.00
£151.00
£77.00
£16.00

2012 Le Difese San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

88.0

2012 Le Difese Central Italy

88.0
£135.00
£135.00
£69.00

2011 Le Difese San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

89.0

2011 Le Difese Central Italy

89.0
£179.00
£179.00

2010 Le Difese San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

88.0

2010 Le Difese Central Italy

88.0
£207.00
£207.00
£105.00
£20.00

2009 Le Difese San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

90.0

2009 Le Difese Central Italy

90.0
£192.00
£98.00

2015 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

91.0

2015 Guidalberto Central Italy

91.0
£237.00
£120.00

2014 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

2014 Guidalberto Central Italy

£240.00
£240.00
£122.00
£122.00
£23.00
£43.00
£84.00

2013 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

93.0

2013 Guidalberto Central Italy

93.0
£305.00
£158.00
£305.00
DP £305.00
£154.00
£305.00
£16.00
£29.00
£54.00

2012 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

91.0

2012 Guidalberto Central Italy

91.0
£210.00
£107.00

2011 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

93.0

2011 Guidalberto Central Italy

93.0
£275.00
£275.00
£139.00
£139.00
£26.00

2010 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

90.0

2010 Guidalberto Central Italy

90.0
£339.00
£171.00

2009 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

92.0

2009 Guidalberto Central Italy

92.0
£423.00
£423.00
DP £73.00

2008 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

90.0

2008 Guidalberto Central Italy

90.0
£557.00
£279.00
£49.00

2007 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

92.0

2007 Guidalberto Central Italy

92.0
£389.00
£196.00

2006 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

94.0

2006 Guidalberto Central Italy

94.0
£419.00
£210.00

2003 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

2003 Guidalberto Central Italy

£533.00
£47.00

2002 Guidalberto San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

2002 Guidalberto Central Italy

£553.00
£553.00

2013 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

95.75

2013 Sassicaia Central Italy

95.75
£1,347.00
£1,347.00
£672.00
£115.00
£226.00
£460.00

2012 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

94.0

2012 Sassicaia Central Italy

94.0
£1,288.00
£1,320.00
£659.00
£643.00
£110.00

2011 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

94.0

2011 Sassicaia Central Italy

94.0
£1,415.00
£1,415.00
£706.00
£706.00
£120.00
DP £120.00
£237.00

2010 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

96.0

2010 Sassicaia Central Italy

96.0
£1,496.00
£771.00
£1,496.00
£747.00
£127.00

2009 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

96.0

2009 Sassicaia Central Italy

96.0
£1,551.00
£1,551.00
£778.00
£778.00
£131.00

2008 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

96.0

2008 Sassicaia Central Italy

96.0
£1,715.00
£1,715.00
£860.00
£145.00
£287.00

2007 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

95.0

2007 Sassicaia Central Italy

95.0
£1,810.00
£302.00

2006 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

96.5

2006 Sassicaia Central Italy

96.5
£2,096.00
£1,049.00
£176.00
£349.00

2005 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

93.0

2005 Sassicaia Central Italy

93.0
£1,913.00
£1,961.00
£1,913.00
£958.00
NEW
£84.00
£161.00
£319.00
£654.00

2004 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

93.0

2004 Sassicaia Central Italy

93.0
£1,947.00
£975.00
£86.00
£164.00
£325.00

2003 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

93.0

2003 Sassicaia Central Italy

93.0
£1,861.00
£1,861.00
£932.00

2002 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

2002 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,861.00
NEW
£1,861.00
DP £1,861.00
£932.00
£157.00

2001 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

88.0

2001 Sassicaia Central Italy

88.0
£2,166.00
£95.00

2000 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

85.0

2000 Sassicaia Central Italy

85.0
£2,152.00
£2,206.00
£2,152.00
£1,077.00
£181.00
£359.00

1999 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

88.0

1999 Sassicaia Central Italy

88.0
£1,980.00
£2,032.00
£1,980.00
£991.00
£1,980.00
£87.00
£167.00
£330.00

1998 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

90.5

1998 Sassicaia Central Italy

90.5
£2,060.00
£173.00

1997 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

87.0

1997 Sassicaia Central Italy

87.0
£2,838.00
£2,838.00
£1,418.00
£124.00
£238.00
£473.00

1996 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1996 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,683.00
£142.00
£220.00
£281.00

1995 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

92.0

1995 Sassicaia Central Italy

92.0
£2,108.00
£2,108.00
£177.00
£351.00

1994 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1994 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,527.00
£129.00
DP £133.00

1993 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

86.0

1993 Sassicaia Central Italy

86.0
£2,059.00
£2,059.00
DP £1,031.00
£173.00
£343.00
£703.00

1992 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1992 Sassicaia Central Italy

£2,574.00
£2,574.00
£1,288.00
£216.00
£429.00

1991 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1991 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,974.00
DP £988.00
£87.00
£166.00
£329.00
£675.00

1990 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

94.0

1990 Sassicaia Central Italy

94.0
£3,707.00
£309.00
DP £309.00

1989 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

78.0

1989 Sassicaia Central Italy

78.0
£1,731.00
£146.00

1988 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

90.0

1988 Sassicaia Central Italy

90.0
£6,252.00
£3,126.00
£521.00
£521.00
£1,042.00

1987 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1987 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,620.00
£137.00

1986 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1986 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,647.00
£1,647.00
£139.00
£367.00

1985 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1985 Sassicaia Central Italy

£18,689.00
£1,557.00
£3,114.00

1984 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1984 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,671.00
£141.00
DP £141.00

1983 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1983 Sassicaia Central Italy

£1,890.00
£159.00

1982 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

84.0

1982 Sassicaia Central Italy

84.0
£3,405.00
£284.00
£266.00
DP £255.00

1979 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1979 Sassicaia Central Italy

£2,908.00
£243.00
£260.00

1978 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1978 Sassicaia Central Italy

£5,731.00
£477.00
DP £477.00

1977 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1977 Sassicaia Central Italy

£4,569.00
£380.00

1975 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1975 Sassicaia Central Italy

£6,204.00
£517.00

1974 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1974 Sassicaia Central Italy

£4,848.00
£403.00

1972 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1972 Sassicaia Central Italy

£11,911.00
£1,624.00

1971 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1971 Sassicaia Central Italy

£5,926.00
£493.00
£433.00

1970 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1970 Sassicaia Central Italy

£9,902.00
£825.00

1968 Sassicaia San Guido; Tenuta Central Italy

1968 Sassicaia Central Italy

£17,995.00
£1,326.00

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