Tuscany

2014 Brunello & 2013 Riserva

Opposites Attract: Two Very Different Brunello Releases – 2014 & 2013 Riserva

By on 27/03/2019

Every March the new releases from Montalcino are unveiled. The rules stipulate that Brunello must be aged at the estate for 5 years and for the Riservas it is 7 years before hitting the market.  2019 therefore marks the release of the 2014 Brunellos and the Riservas from 2013.

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Ruling the Rooster – A Visit to Fattoria Poggerino

By on 11/09/2018

We have just spent a week careering around the Tuscan countryside like crazed cinghiale, sniffing out truffle and guzzling Chianti Classico. Everywhere we went, friendly black roosters tempted us in like slightly tipsy Sirens.  The problem is, all roosters are not created equal. That's unsurprising given that Chianti Classico's rippling landscape covers nearly 72,000 hectares.

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Le Macchiole

Le Macchiole: Latest releases from the Tuscan Coast – Pre-Shipment Offer

By on 25/11/2017

2014 was undoubtedly a challenging vintage across Italy - and Bolgheri was no different with uncharacteristic rain, cool temperatures and a constant lack of sun adversely affecting the harvest like rarely before. This was a vintage that required understanding, hard work and unstinting commitment. Only in the right hands at the right estates was glory possible.

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Dei’s Montepulciano Wines continue to wow the critics

By on 20/10/2017

[caption id="attachment_28311" align="aligncenter" width="508"] Cantine Dei with the town of Montepulciano perched on the hill beyond[/caption] Hot on the heels of last year's success with their 2013 vintage, Cantine Dei has just been awarded the top Italian Wine Award 'Tre Bicchiere' for its stellar Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014, the estate is quite rightly in the spotlight once again - what an amazing achievement! The Estate - in the heart of Montepulciano is located right in the middle of Tuscany's beautiful Montepulciano region just on the eastern slopes of this 'picture-perfect' hilltop town.

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Piemaggio Chianti – Outstanding value, mature drinking from the Tuscan Hills

By on 03/10/2017

We are constantly looking to expand our Italian selection and although we already have two excellent Chiantis on our list, we couldn't resist the brilliant ‘Le Fioraie’ wines from Piemaggio, hidden away in the Tuscan hills. Le Fioraie is a specific tract of land in the high ground of Castellina in Chianti – right at the heart of the Chianti Classico zone.

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Tuscany

In pursuit of Tuscan Treasures: a recent trip to some of our top wine producers

By on 07/06/2017

Italy has always been close to the heart of Lea & Sandeman and we are very fortunate enough to represent some superb estates across the length and breadth of this beautiful country.

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Il Giodo Brunello – Carlo Ferrini, The Maestro at home

By on 06/05/2017

Famed oenologist Carlo Ferrini who consults for some of the greatest estates in Tuscany has finally put his expertise - and his heart and soul - into his own winery in Montalcino. The results, as you would hope, are sensational. Not sensational in a big 'in your face way' - these are beautifully crafted, fine wines with a deft touch.

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The ‘other’ Super Tuscans – Tignanello, Sassicaia & Saffredi 2013 pre-shipment offer

By on 03/02/2016

As ever we don't want you to forget about of our own Italian 'Supertuscans' that we are so proud to represent in the UK: Le Macchiole, Castello del Terriccio, Magliano and Monteti  but we would be failing you if we didn't offer today's releases of three other great wineries from this exciting region.

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Brilliant ’99 point’ Brunello – First release of Fuligni’s 2010 Riserva

By on 25/10/2015

Brilliant '99 point' Brunello - First release of Fuligni's 2010 Riserva 'The year 2010 for Brunello di Montalcino is the greatest modern vintage of Italy’s most famous red wine region. Never have the wines been so profound in quality, character, and quantity from the best hillside vineyards of Montalcino.

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cheese

An evening of cheese and wine in Chiswick.

By on 22/10/2015

With eager anticipation we gathered. On the day that marked Back to the Future Day, we were jouneying back before Marty McFly to a time when the height of sophistication was a cheese and wine party. But there were to be no cubes of supermarket cheddar and pineapple on cocktail sticks for us, we were going to do cheese properly.

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