2003 'Pergolaia' Caiarossa Toscana Rosso
|Featured in The Sunday Times, Sunday 4th December 2022|
Will Lyons;'40 best bottles of wine and champagne to buy this Christmas'
"Here's a stunning "super-Tuscan" from an estate with pedigree. Full of character, it has a soft medium-bodied texture, with mature notes of cherry, leather and spice".
Having so recently counted down the final moments of 2022, so too is it time to see off our last remaining cases of the wonderful 2003 Pergolaia, Toscana Rosso. No doubt we were lucky enough to secure an added allocation following its full-throttle best-seller performance last year, however todays offer drops the final curtain on what has been a very special wine indeed: a perfectly mature, 18-year-old, super-Tuscan blend of sangiovese, cabernet franc and merlot from Caiarossa (and proprietors of Château Giscours, Margaux), for under £20 a bottle.
Under £20 for layer upon layer of mature complexity that can only be savoured when a wine of such substance, structure and style has been allowed to age as has the 2003 Pergolaia. There are simply no two ways about it. Only one way to indulging in soft, supple tannins, sumptuous rich flavours of fruitcake, truffle, tobacco and leather for a long, nuanced finish: through Mr.Wheelers offer on the last of this exceptional Tuscan cuvée.
IN THE PRESS
"A fully mature baby Super Tuscan at a very non-Super Tuscan price. Yes please."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"...how about an 18-year-old super-Tuscan for less than £20? From a biodynamic estate owned and run by Château Giscours of Margaux, it's a blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Once again there's a mellow maturity to the colour, and the nose doesn't offer much other than a hint of truffle, olive and sweet damp earth, maybe a little cedar in there too. On the palate it is a different matter: I very much enjoyed its deep-set, rich fruitcake character, beautifully integrated oak and palate riven with a cherry-ripe acidity and taut tannin structure. It drinks really well, finishing on tobacco spice, coffee and black fruit, and is a bit of a steal for a mature wine of such quality."
Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com
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