Masseto 2017 has been released at €380 per bottle ex-negociant, the same as the 2016 100-point release. Volumes are reportedly down 15% on last year. It is expected that the 2017 vintage will be offered by the international trade at £5,400 per 12×75, a 10% decrease on the 2016 release (£6,000 per 12×75).
The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner awarded the Super Tuscan 97 points when tasting earlier this year. According to her, the “2017 Masseto puts on another exhilarating, knock-out performance for the third year in a row”. Larner explained that “perhaps, what this vintage lacks is that profound varietal character that we saw in recent vintages like 2016 and 2015”. Alcohol levels are at a record 15.5%.
James Suckling also rated today’s release, giving it 98 points. He described it as “full-bodied with firm, silky tannins that run long and straight through the wine, providing brightness and focus”.
For Antonio Galloni (Vinous, 96-99), “the 2017 Masseto is a spectacular wine in the making”.
Prices for Masseto show 79% correlation to Wine Advocate scores. Today’s release is thus coming to the market a shade below its implied ‘Fair Value’. Alternatively, buyers might wish to look back at the similarly-scored 2013, available at a similar level. The 100-point 2015 vintage of Masseto presents another good option for followers of Larner but comes at 8.7% premium to today’s release.