La Place releases: Solaia 2018
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By September 10, 2021Bronze, Fine Wine Market, Italy, Releases

Antinori’s Solaia has released its latest vintage, which is also the smallest ever production from the estate, at £2,300 per case.

  • The wine has been released internationally at £2,300 (12×75). 
  • This is the smallest production of Solaia ever. 
  • The 2013 presents good value for money. 

Solaia 2018 has been released at €188 per bottle ex-négociant, up 11.9% on the 2017 (€168). The wine is being offered internationally for £2,300 per 12×75, up 12.7% on the 2017’s current Market Price (£2,040).  

This is “the smallest production of Solaia ever” (James Suckling). Due to strict selection, 65,000 bottles were produced.    

The Solaia index is up 17% over one year. Solaia ranked in the 2nd tier of the 2021 Liv-ex Classification. 

Critical opinion

The “2018 Solaia captures all of the elegance of this important vintage”, according to Antonio Galloni (Vinous), who awarded today’s release 98-points. “I can’t remember ever tasting a young Solaia with this much sheer appeal and balance in the early going,” the critic added. 

The wine also received 97+ points from Monica Larner (The Wine Advocate). Larner commented: “This elegant vintage prizes fruit purity and focus with black plum, cassis, blue flower, pencil shaving and lots of sweet spice from the oak that recalls clove and toasted almond”. 

James Suckling gave it 97-points and called it “extremely long and focused […] complex and succulent”. 

Where is the value?

Prices for Solaia show a 79% correlation to Wine Advocate critic scores. At this price level, the 2018 vintage offers good value for money, falling below the ‘Fair Value’ line in the chart above.  

 

Other back vintages to consider include the 2013, which boasts the same score as today’s release but costs 6.5% less.  

The two 100-point vintages, the 2015 and 2016, come at a 35% premium.  

Year-to-date, 2017, 2015 and 2016 have been the most traded Solaia vintages by value and volume.