The three most prestigious and reliable Super Tuscans from the extremely fine 2015 vintage. The 2015 growing season in Tuscany was as good as any recent vintage and a little cooler than 2016, making the end product perhaps a little more approachable after only five years.
The 2015 Sassicaia is one of our best selling wines and extremely elegant.
The 2015 Ornellaia is a particularly well balanced wine which will age beautifully but is fine now.
The 2015 Tignanello is proving to be one of the very best vintages of this wine.
This case as an opportunity to try these three Tuscan aristocrats (made by Tuscan aristocrats) without having to buy a full case of each – although you may want a dozen after you’ve tried them.
Although Tenuta San Guido do grow Sangiovese, the main Tuscan grape variety never appears in their flagship wine.
Sassicaia is distinctly a Bordeaux blend made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. However, this is not Bordeaux – and Bolgheri Sassicaia (the wine now has its own monopoly appellation) has forged its own separate identity. It is known for its elegance and finesse, its many layers of flavour and its long finish.
The 2015 vintage has lots of ripe dark fruit thanks to the heat that year, but it has retained its freshness with a lovely savoury, earthy finish.
Ornellaia is the youngest of the trio and, like it’s close neighbour Sassicaia, contains no Sangiovese. Instead it is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a little Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The estate, founded by Ludovico Antinori, has had a wealth of wine making experience behind it since its inception in 1985 and the consistent quality has cemented its reputation as one of the greats in the area.
The 2015 vintage reveals the heat and intensity of that summer with concentration that brings a wealth of flavours to the glass. But the freshness and acidity have not been lost, ensuring that the necessary balance remains.
Tignanello sticks to its Tuscan roots far more firmly that our other two aristocrats with a Sangiovese heavy blend that incorporates small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Unlike Sassicaia and Ornellaia which are located in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast, the Tignanello vineyard is situated miles away from the sea on a small hillside in the middle of the Chianti region, where the days are hot and the nights slightly cooler.
Big on fruit and tannins this is a wine that divides opinion but is always interesting.
The 2015 vintage saw plenty of sun and heat, and the flavours are full and concentrated but with great nuance. It has needed these last five years to settle into itself but has another decade of drinking left.