2000 Le Macchiole
Another sensational Messorio, firmly placing it among the world's greatest Merlots. As ever, powerful and concentrated, yet very elegant with tremendous length. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Here’s a great start to this vertical of one of Italy’s most celebrated Merlots. The 2000 Messorio occupies a perfect place in its evolution with just enough fruit at its core to feel alive. It also shows sophisticated tertiary notes that underline its pedigree and evolution. It is profoundly beautiful in its current drinking phase. From this vintage up until 2007, smaller oak vessels were used. The percentage of new oak is tweaked according to the vintage but the updated incarnation of the wine sees anywhere up to 70% new oak. The 2000 vintage was a hot one and considerable canopy management was implemented to protect the fruit from sunburn. Dark fruit and plum is enhanced by ground espresso, candied orange, toasted almond and dusty mineral notes. Drinking range: 2016 - 2022 Rating: 93-93 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Oct 2016)
The 2000 Messorio shows off wonderful inner perfume in its ripe, dark cherries, grilled herbs, leather, licorice and espresso. The 2000 is just a touch more forward in its aromas and flavors than in its tannins, as it remains powerful, intense and tightly coiled. It is a big, fruit-driven wine in the style of the 1997, but with perhaps a touch more polish. The 2000 needs another two to three years before it enters the early part of its drinking window. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Rating: 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2012)
The 2000 Messorio is a textbook example of high level Merlot, blackish in colour, sweet and plummy on the nose with a full panoply of vanilla, chocolate, and sage notes, dense, concentrated, sustained, and textured on its velvety palate. Drink: 2005-2020. Rating: 92-92 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com (Mar 2005)
Initially put onto the wine map by Eugenio Campolmi in 1983, the Le Macchiole estate has been run by his wife Cinzia since 2002. Located in 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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