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Tenuta Belguardo

Maremma Toscana Rosso Riserva DOC

$48.00 USD
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Tenuta Belguardo
Decanter
96 Pts | Gold Medal
James Suckling
94 Pts
Winescritic.com
94 Pts
Tenuta Belguardo
Tenuta BelguardoMaremma Toscana Rosso Riserva DOC
$48.00 USD

"Top 100 World Wines" - Wine Spectator

Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Cabernet Franc grapes, this powerful and at the same time elegant wine is the most important "Cru" of the Estate, a pure expression of the Maremma "terroir".

Technical sheet

Winery

Belguardo

Winery location

Maremma, Toscana

Grape varieties

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

13.55%

Total acidity

5.67%

Vineyards location

Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto

Soil

Mainly Sandstone

Vineyards age

22 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training 

Nr. of vines per hectar

6.600 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from September 25th (Cabernet Franc), October 1st (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Fermentation temperature

28 - 30° C

Period of maceration

16 days

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

January 2022

Available on the market

October 2022

Production

28.500 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt

Cases

6 bottles cardboard box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

 

First vintage

2000

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Full and seductive body, dark spice flavors,
enveloping and long taste

Food pairing

Aged cold cuts, steaks, mildly spicy foods, middle aged cheeses

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Awards

Wine Advocate

95 Pts

Falstaff

92 Pts

James Suckling

94 Pts

 
Harvest
The Maremman winter saw temperatures which were slightly above the norm, whereas rainfall was below average. These conditions continued through March and April, slightly slowing plant development in the early stages. The situation changed dramatically later, with one of the rainiest Mays in years. Lower temperatures together with short but heavy rainstorms slowed vine growth down still further.
June and July turned hot, with temperatures well above seasonal averages, rising to 35-36°C (95-97F) for 7-10 consecutive days. No harm was done to the grapes however: by harvest time they were in excellent condition thanks to carefully-gauged production techniques and approaches.
This combination of climatic and meteorological events resulted in a harvest which took place at the canonical time of year, unlike previous years when the harvest had been earlier. A large diurnal temperature range over the harvest period allowed grape bunches to grow and mature gradually, leading to optimal development of aromas and wines of extremely high quality.

Beginning of the harvest: September 5th
End of the harvest: October 10th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 376 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3909 °C
Evaluation: Outstanding
Technical sheet

Winery

Belguardo

Winery location

Maremma, Toscana

Grape varieties

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

13.57%

Total acidity

5.81%

Vineyards location

Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto

Soil

Mainly Sandstone

Vineyards age

21 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training 

Nr. of vines per hectar

6.600 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from September 25th (Cabernet Franc), September 26th (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Fermentation temperature

28 - 30° C

Period of maceration

16 days

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

September 2020

Available on the market

May 2021

Production

27.500 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt

Cases

6 bottles cardboard box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

 

First vintage

2000

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Full and seductive body, dark spice flavors,
enveloping and long taste

Food pairing

Aged cold cuts, steaks, mildly spicy foods, middle aged cheeses

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Awards

Decanter

96 Pts | Gold Medal

James Suckling

96 Pts

Winescritic.com

94 Pts

Drinks Business

Gold Medal

Harvest

The winter was very anomalous, with rainfall well beyond the average and abundant snowfall in February; later, spring was characterised by temperatures above the seasonal average: April was dry with the maximum temperatures that reached their highest peaks in recent decades.
However, budding, flowering and fruit setting were regular.
In the following months, the weather was unstable with abundant rainfall (especially in April and May) and temperatures above the average of the period, which globally did not affect the health of the grapes.
During the harvest period, the days were warm and bright, often windy, with good temperature range between day and night, which ensured a regular harvest and the optimal ripeness of the grapes, with unique aromatic and polyphenolic features.

Beginning of the harvest: September 3rd
End of the harvest: October 5th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 331 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3991 °C
Evaluation: Very good

Technical sheet

Winery

Belguardo

Winery location

Maremma, Toscana

Grape varieties

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

13.94%

Total acidity

5.74%

Vineyards location

Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto

Soil

Mainly Sandstone

Vineyards age

20 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training 

Nr. of vines per hectar

6.600 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from August 26th (Cabernet Franc), September 7th (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Fermentation temperature

28 - 30° C

Period of maceration

16 days

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

December 2019

Available on the market

July 2020

Production

14.000 bottles

Formats

375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt

Cases

6 bottles cardboard box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

 

First vintage

2000

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Full and seductive body, dark spice flavors,
enveloping and long taste

Food pairing

Aged cold cuts, steaks, mildly spicy foods, middle aged cheeses

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Awards

I Migliori Vini Italiani

95 Pts

James Suckling

93 Pts

Winescritic.com

93 Pts

Falstaff

92 Pts

Decanter

90 Pts

     
Harvest

The 2017 vintage will be remembered for its unusual and extraordinary adverse weather conditions.
At the end of 2016 the amount of the rainfall was almost near zero: below 10-15 mm at the end of 2016 and 10 mm at the beginning of 2017, with a climate particularly cold and strong northern winds.
In spring there were mild temperatures and very little rainfall, which favoured the early budding.
May brought an increase in the temperatures above the seasonal averages, which culminated in August with peaks above 40 ° C.
The plants responded positively to these conditions of poor watering, also thanks to the careful and accurate management of the vineyards and the soil, including the use of drip irrigation in the vineyards.
The analyses showed a technological maturation about 10 days earlier the seasonal average, with grapes perfectly healthy.

Beginning of the harvest: 21 August
End of the harvest: 13 September
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 91 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 2348°C
Evaluation: Good

 

Technical sheet

Winery

Belguardo

Winery location

Maremma, Toscana

Grape varieties

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

14.15%

Total acidity

5.92%

Vineyards location

Loc. Montebottigli - Commune of Grosseto

Soil

Mainly Sandstone

Vineyards age

19 years

Training system

Spur cordon-training 

Nr. of vines per hectar

6.600 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from Sept. 5th (Cabernet Franc), September 21st (Cabernet Sauvignon)

Fermentation temperature

28 - 30° C

Period of maceration

16 days

Ageing

18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)

Finissage

4 months in concrete tanks

Bottling

July 2018

Available on the market

January 2019

Production

34.000 bottles

Formats

375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt

Cases

6 bottles cardboard box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)

 

First vintage

2000

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Full and seductive body, dark spice flavors,
enveloping and long taste

Food pairing

Aged cold cuts, steaks, mildly spicy foods, middle aged cheeses