2012 Monteti, Tenuta Monteti, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy (£28.50, or £25.75 each for a case of 12 bottles, magnums and double magnums on request, Lea & Sandeman, 020-7244 0522, LeaAndSandeman.co.uk).
It's interesting how the petit verdot grape keeps popping up in conversation these days. Back in April, in Bordeaux, a good few of the chteaux mentioned that they were planting more and when I tasted this "Super Tuscan" the other day I was delighted to see that this underrated grape majored in the blend 55% petit verdot, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 20% cabernet franc.
Monteti is made from 28 different micro-plots, which are all vinified separately in bespoke vats. You can taste the care and attention that goes into this intricately assembled wine. It is like a vintage car purring on a forecourt, pristine and glinting in the sun, begging you to get in for a tear around the countryside.
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I absolutely love the class and elegance on display here and, because it is not a silly price, I venture that Monteti is in a league of its own. Every reader should buy a case every palate will adore this wine, I promise. With my PV aerials tuned in, I spotted another stunning version for your delectation, this time from Chile.
The 2011 Curis Petit Verdot Grand Reserve (£14.99, Adnams.co.uk) goes further with 88% petit verdot and only 12% cabernet sauvignon in the mix and it titillates the fruit with both French and American oak it is another thriller!
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the InternationalWine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
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Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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