Tignanello-the wine that started it all
The wine that started it all in Italy, Tignanello is an absolutely pioneering effort. Although Sassicaia, and even our beloved Capezzana much before that, were already blending the native Tuscan Sangiovese with non natives such as Cabernet, it was Tignanello, which gave a name and meaning to the whole 'Super Tuscan’ movement.
The wine remains pretty close to our heart as this was truly the first great wine (and by those standards expensive) at the start of our wine journey that really made us acknowledge, for the first time, the difference between good and great bottles.
The wine, originally called "Chianti Classico Riserva vigneto Tignanello" (a Chianti Classico Riserva from the Tignanello vineyard), was produced for the first time from a single vineyard parcel in 1970, when the blend contained 20% of Canaiolo and 5% of Trebbiano and Malvasia, both white grapes, and the wine aged in small oak barrels. In 1971 it became a Tuscan red table wine rather than a Chianti Classico, and was called Tignanello. In the 1975 vintage the white grapes were totally eliminated from the blend. Ever since 1982, the blend has been the one currently used. Tignanello is bottled only in favorable vintages, and was not produced in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1992, and 2002.
Was thrilled to recently find Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is also a fan. She once started a lifestyle website called 'The Tig' 🍷
Since we found out, we have started stocking up the Magnums of some of the older vintages (earliest is 1979!) in hope she visits Singapore and we have a chance to raise a glass with the royal couple🍷🍷
"Tignanello is a full-bodied red wine that I tried about seven years ago. In wine circles, it is nicknamed ‘Tig.’ It was my first moment of getting it — I finally understood what people meant by the body, structure, finish, legs of wine. The TIG is my nickname for me getting it. Not just wine, but everything.” — Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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