Masseto

About Masseto

A pure and unrelenting single vineyard wine, the sibling of Ornellaia was the second label founded by the visionary Ludovico Antinori – it is now under the ownership of possibly the finest vinous clan in Italy, the Frescobaldi family.

 

Masseto was born out of its stubbornness and uncooperative terroir and first released in 1984. In the seismic wake of Sassicaia’s success in the 1980s, many ambitious winemakers and landowners pursued the model of crafting genuinely outstanding Bordeaux blend wines across the Tuscan coast.

 

The Vineyard and The Wine

Masseto, however, was a tiny vineyard of completely anomalous terroir. A single seven-hectare parcel of heavy clay, totally unsuitable for the Cabernets (Sauvignon and Franc) which were used by both Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Despite some reluctance due to it being something of an unknown quantity in the region, André Tchelistcheff persuaded Antinori to plant Merlot.

 

Made exclusively from Merlot, it became rapidly apparent that Masseto was something quite extraordinary. An increasingly large and receptive domestic audience quickly became a voracious international one even before its first perfect 100 point score in 2001.

 

A general consensus has emerged amongst not only critics but collectors alike that Masseto is the single greatest expression of Merlot to be found in Italy – without question the most desirable and prestigious. The arrival of super consultant Michel Rolland seal its fate, and Masseto was quickly dubbed “the Pétrus of Italy”, thanks to both its breath-taking quality and Rolland’s Pomerol roots.

 

Aged for two whole years in 50% new oak, the fruit has more than enough structure and intensity to easily accommodate and integrate this level. In such a hot climate, the primary concern for the team at Masseto has elevated sugar levels, extreme ripeness which in turn leads to excessively high alcohol. This is a balancing act of the highest order, but one in which current vigneron Axel Heinz walks perfectly each and every vintage.

 

The tiny vineyard produces only 35,000 bottles a year, and with the scores, it achieves the wine is almost never available.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Masseto 2016 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,649.32
2016

Masseto 2016 (3x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

Not yet released, the 2016 Masseto is sensational and unquestionably one of the greatest expressions of Merlot in the world. As always, it's 100% Merlot from a single vineyard that has a complex, diverse set of soils and expositions, causing harvest at times to be spread over as much as three weeks. Aged two years in oak, its deep purple color is followed by a powerful bouquet of black cherries, cassis, spicy oak, damp earth, green tobacco, and spring flowers. It's full-bodied, concentrated and masculine on the palate, with serious minerality, yet it stays flawlessly balanced with magical purity of fruit. With no shortage of concentration and structure, this primordial powerhouse of a Merlot needs 4-6 years of bottle age yet should evolve for decades. Merlot, or wine for that matter, doesn’t get any better!
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Tuscany 3x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,649.32
Masseto 2017 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,139.25
2017

Masseto 2017 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

The clarity of the ripe blackcurrants, black cherries and flowers in the nose is entrancing. Lavender, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, silky tannins that run long and straight through the wine, providing brightness and focus. Goes on for minutes. Strength with finesse Drink after 2024, but already wonderful to taste.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Tuscany 3x75cl 3 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,139.25
Masseto Massetino 2018 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,024.85
2018

Masseto Massetino 2018 (3x75cl)
In Stock in Cru LCB

Tuscany 3x75cl 1 - Inc. TAX: €2,024.85
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Masseto 2016 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €2,200.00
2016

Masseto 2016 (3x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

Not yet released, the 2016 Masseto is sensational and unquestionably one of the greatest expressions of Merlot in the world. As always, it's 100% Merlot from a single vineyard that has a complex, diverse set of soils and expositions, causing harvest at times to be spread over as much as three weeks. Aged two years in oak, its deep purple color is followed by a powerful bouquet of black cherries, cassis, spicy oak, damp earth, green tobacco, and spring flowers. It's full-bodied, concentrated and masculine on the palate, with serious minerality, yet it stays flawlessly balanced with magical purity of fruit. With no shortage of concentration and structure, this primordial powerhouse of a Merlot needs 4-6 years of bottle age yet should evolve for decades. Merlot, or wine for that matter, doesn’t get any better!
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Tuscany 3x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,200.00
Masseto 2017 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €1,775.00
2017

Masseto 2017 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

The clarity of the ripe blackcurrants, black cherries and flowers in the nose is entrancing. Lavender, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, silky tannins that run long and straight through the wine, providing brightness and focus. Goes on for minutes. Strength with finesse Drink after 2024, but already wonderful to taste.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Tuscany 3x75cl 3 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,775.00
Masseto Massetino 2018 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €1,680.00
2018

Masseto Massetino 2018 (3x75cl)
In Stock in Cru LCB

Tuscany 3x75cl 1 - In Bond: €1,680.00

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