The 1994 Messorio is an unbelievable wine with which to begin this tasting. The aromatics alone are profound. Espresso, mocha, grilled herbs, menthol sweet tobacco and spices are just some of the nuances that waft from the glass in this sublime, totally spellbinding wine. The 1994 is at an intersection where a classic sense of structure meets Maremma warmth, yielding a wine of extraordinary class. The oak is beautifully integrated, and everything about this wine is first-rate. In 1994 Le Macchiole produced just two barrels of Messorio. Odds are I will never get to taste the 1994 again, but I will always remember the time I spent with this bottle. The 1994 is simply unforgettable and an unreal achievement for a wine in its first vintage. Readers fortunate enough to still own bottles are in for a treat. Drinking range: 2013 - 2020 Rating: 96-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2011)
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Initially put onto the wine map by Eugenio Campolmi in 1983, the Le Macchiole estate has been run by his wife Cinzia since 2002. In the heart of Bolgheri, with 22 hectares of vineyard over much of the best soils of the region these are, along with the Sassicaia and Ornellaia's vineyards, also among the oldest and most established vines in Bolgheri. Their careful selection of grape varieties and cultivation techniques according to climate and soil has led them to concentrate on Merlot, Syrah and most importantly Cabernet Franc, a variety which can express itself so well in the hands of Le Macchiole.
All of their wines are marked by a unique and unmistakable character. Full bodied wines, and yet with clean and elegant flavours, leading to great freshness and finesse, they are incredibly sought after world-wide. The estate has been organic since 2002, and they are experimenting with biodynamics.
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