As a Super Tuscan wine, Masseto diverges from traditional Italian classifications, essentially crafting its own category of prestige. Masseto is not part of any certified grands crus classes like its Bordeaux counterparts Château Lafite Rothschild or Château Margaux, yet its status remains undisputed among oenophiles and collectors worldwide.
- Vintages with 100-point scores: 2001, 2006, 2007, and 2016
- Most popular for its sumptuous complexity and age-worthy Merlot grapes
- Highest achievement: Sold at auction for $16,209 per bottle
Provenance & Masters Behind the Bottle
Established in 1986 as part of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia estate, Masseto quickly rose to international fame under the expertise of owner Marchese Lodovico Antinori and renowned winemaker Michel Rolland. Their synergy set the benchmark for Italian Merlot, transforming Masseto into a global icon.
Vineyard & Craftsmanship
Nestled in the Bolgheri sub-region of Tuscany, the Masseto vineyard spans a mere 7 hectares. The terroir is an intricate puzzle of blue clay and rocky subsoil, attributing distinctive minerality and robust structure to the wine. Due to the limited size and high demand, bottles of Masseto are both scarce and exclusive.
Aging & Investment Value
Masseto wines age remarkably well, steadily appreciating in both flavor complexity and market value. With bottle age, Masseto’s Merlot gains refined tannic structure and layered aromatic depth, enhancing its allure for collectors. Expect significant returns on investment with well-preserved vintages.