Le Difese is one of the little brothers of Sassicaia and was first produced in 2003. Made with 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese, it is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels previously used for Guidalberto and Sassicaia and a further three months in bottle. The aim is to produce a Super Tuscan wine with good structure and extremely supple tannins.
Vibrant red and black berry fruits with violet and herbal notes. Good structure on the palate with round tannin and good length.
Bottle Price £19.50
Six Bottle Case Price £17.50 (£105 per case)
Italian still red wine from Bolgheri in Tuscany Italy made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.
Sassicaia, produced at Tenuta San Guido, was the first Super Tuscan wine ever made. When Mario Incisa della Rocchetta arrived in the Bolgheri area in the 1940s, he started to experiment with French grape varieties due to the presence of gravelly soils. Results from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were so good he decided to focus on this variety alongside Merlot, something completely new in Tuscany at the time. In 1968 the first Sassicaia, meaning “place of many stones”, was commercially released as an IGT. Today the wine enjoy a newly awarded Bolgheri DOC status. View our selection.
The 90 hectares of vines are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. The first wine is usually aged in French oak barrels for 24 months, followed by a few more months in the bottle.
Three wines are produced at Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, the second wine Guidalberto and the third wine Le Difese.