Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2007 Tenuta del Barone is a plump, juicy wine bursting with dark red cherries, French oak, plums and espresso. It is a typical Maremma wine in its generous, enveloping personality, but it is also quite forward and not built for the long haul. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that spends 24 months in barrique. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014. (Jun 2012)
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The varieties grown were chosen as the best suited to terrain and microclimate. Their common trait is finesse and harmony.
True enough, the crimson heart of Maremma is all in this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc & 10% Merlot, barrique-aged two years and fine-tuned in bottle for a further year. A miraculous combination of intensity and subtlety, depth and delicacy.
The eponymous Barone is Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, heir to the Comtes Lafond of Sancerre/Vouvray/Pouilly-Fume fame on the one hand, and of a noble Italian family on the other - the Vallombrosas.
Centuries of civilization - in the vineyard and beyond - have gone into the Ladoucette name and what it’s stood for, since the 1700s at least.
Not content with excellence by birthright, the baron purchased one of the oldest and most prestigious Chablis properties in 1984, and took control of a major estate in Burgundy the following year... His French domains alone would suffice to make up wine heaven!
No heaven, however, would be complete without a substantial ”tranche” of Tuscan terroir. Thus, in 2009, Patrick de Ladoucette purchased two historic estates (”tenute”) in Upper Maremma - part homage to his Vallombrosa great-grandmother, part to his own affinity for Italian enology and culture.
The properties’ exceptional microclimates and iron-rich, stony and minerally terrain, ideally complement the baron’s severe quality criteria.
Ladoucette is not a man to steamroll local character into a stereotyped mold. The ultimate goal in all Ladoucette endeavors is, in the baron’s own words, ”producing the finest possible wines, each faithfully reflecting its region’s unique terroir”.
His respect for the distinctive traits of individual wine regions allows him to express and enhance the accents of Maremma in a duo of vins d’auteur that are both worthy of their French cousins, and entirely Tuscan in personality.
Ladoucette’s Maremma vineyards are located between Massa Marittima and Suvereto, a little less than 19 miles south of Bolgheri and about 6 miles from the sea. Terrain is hilly, around 200 meters (656 feet) above sea level. The area fronts the gorgeous island of Elba, a noted source of iron, copper and other minerals as far back as ancient Roman times. In fact, the entire territory is known as Colline Metallifere, i.e. ”Metalliferous Hills”, for their richness in minerals and metals.
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