A Very structured, Merlot (90%) built for aging. It’s rather shy now, but will reward those who are patient. A kind of stealth in its nature. A more thought-provoking edition of Masseto.
If there is one winery in Tuscany that contends with the chateaux in Bordeaux and Burgundy, it has to be Masseto. It even sells a large proportion of its production through Bordeaux wine merchants. Set under the sunny Bolgheri region of Italy, Masseto’s iconic vineyard stretches across a gently sloping valley, where greyish-blue clay lies underfoot and the Tyrrhenian Sea ricochets light across the vines.
Considered one of the cult wines of a generation and the Wine of the Decade for James Suckling. The winery produces superb, pure merlot vintages that consistently taste fresh yet structured, soft yet powerful, yet the 2019 includes a 10% Cabernet France (not many people know this) - and we believe there will be future vintages which will be 100% Merlot once again.
According the The Wine Advocate the 2019 opens a new chapter for one of Italy's most celebrated and collected wines. The first vintage made entirely in its dedicated state-of-the-art winery (and the first vintage with a 10% dabble of Cabernet Franc added to what has historically aways been a pure expression of Merlot), the Masseto 2019 Masseto has two main themes at heart: concentration and elegance. And managing those two seemingly contrasting elements requires a little bit of magic. That's the Masseto magic we look for. The 2019 vintage delivers it in spades with lovely concentrated fruit, blackberry, integrated spice, tobacco, crushed slate, pencil shaving and lots of texture and fiber to push a lasting mouthfeel. The wine's richness translates into density and power to the palate, meanwhile the bouquet reveals fluidity and new sides as the wine opens in the glass. The finish is tapered and focused.
Malolactic fermentation began in 100% new oak barriques with all the individual lots kept separate for the first 12 months of ageing before being blended and aged for another 12 months in barrel. The wine was then aged for a final 12 months in bottle before being released.
Masseto is consistently Rated in the high 90's and the 2019 is no different - a remarkable wine!
James Suckling :99/100
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate : 98/100
Decanter : 97/100
Share with your best of friends only. This elegant and powerful beauty is sexy and thought-provoking. Will pair perfectly with classic meat dishes, poultry and charcuterie. If you decide to open before 2030, we suggest decanting Masseto 2019 for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours beforehand.