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Sassi Grossi

, Switzerland
One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!

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Sassi Grossi

, Switzerland

Availability: In stock

One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!
Elegant, balanced, with a fresh finish - beautiful wine. Always surprises me by being better than I remember. How do they do it?
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The Wine


The freshness and complexity surprise me every time. Yes, this has spent 15 months in French oak, and yet, because it is a slow wine, unfined, unfiltered, unstabilised (or maybe because it ages under a mountain?), it keeps a freshness and intensity of fruit that is just delicious. A very accessible intense merlot, in a good way.

Even if you're rather oak sensitive, like me, and even if you are in general fed up with Merlot, this will delight.

Why you should pick this wine:

A wine that can delight the wine lover, and also the wine snob and also friends who don't particularly geek out on wine

What to expect:

Intense dark and brooding fruit, with a surprising freshness

Serving Suggestions:

Don't think you have to stick with the usual "intense wine" matches of venison, duck, hung beef. This has a lot of flexibility, thanks to the unfiltered fruitiness. Easy to enjoy solo, easy to enjoy with lighter dishes, and especially delicious with ham on the bone.

In Depth:

The wine is vinified following the traditional bordelaise method with a maceration period of 13 - 18 days at 28 – 32°C. Once the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is matured for over 15 months in barriques of French oak. Frequent racking from the lees allows the wine to be bottled without fining, filtration or other physical stabilization. This may result in slight sediment in the bottle.

tasting notes:

Bouquet: An intense inviting fruity bouquet of plums and blackberries. With hints of liquorice, coffee, and mint.

Palate: Smooth, rich, full-bodied and still fruity. It combines elegance and a superb structure with ripe and smooth tannins. Long with a good balance on the very persistent  finish.

Vintage Information


Product code 41GB09
Bottle Size 0.75
Winemaker Gialdi
Featured Themes Popular, Cult Wine
Style Red, Single Variety, Dry, Still
Variety Merlot
Key Features Oaked, Low Intervention, Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan
Winemaking Malolactic
Country Switzerland
Region(s) Ticino
AOC / DAC Ticino
Ripeness Normal
Closure Natural Cork
Aged In Barrel (new)
Serving Temperature 17
Vintage NV
Vintages 2012, 2016
Last Tasted May 5, 2016
name:Sassi Grossi
product code:[4115244]
stock: 1 in London Warehouse
last checked in:2016-05-05
name:Sassi Grossi Merlot
product code:[41GB0916]
stock: 30 in London Warehouse
last checked in:2020-03-05

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