Tuesday, February 22, 2011

...ROLLS ROYCE ET LA FERRARI...

LA ROLLS ROYCE ET LA FERRARI...

Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia...

D'abord une constatation:
tant en Italie qu'ici, au Québec,
nombreux sont ceux qui croient que
l'Ornellaia a désormais surpassé le
légendaire Sassicaia...

La Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, aujourd'hui propriété du géant toscan Frescobaldi, auquel se sont joints des intérêts russes ainsi que Michael Mondavi, de la célèbre famille californienne, qui a conservé des parts dans l'entreprise.

L'oenologue de la Tenuta dell'Ornellaia est M. Axel Heinz, 39 ans, né de père allemand et de mère bordelaise, il parle parfaitement le français...


L'Ornellaia
55% cabernet-sauvignon, 27% merlot, 14% cabernet franc, 4% petit verdot.
L'Ornellaia vieillit aux deux tiers dans le bois neuf français, jusqu'à 18 mois.

Au dire de M. Axel Heinz, ce qui différenciait selon lui son vin de celui de l'autre domaine (Sassicaia)
«L'Ornellaia est plus charmeur, plus opulent.»
«Ce sont nos voisins, pas nos rivaux, nous sommes dans la bonne position actuellement, celle du challenger, et je ne vous cacherai pas que notre objectif est de dépasser le mythe...»

Alors, l'un est-il vraiment une Rolls et l'autre, le prétendant au trône, une Ferrari?
Je dirais que si l'Ornellaia est plus ample et plus puissant, le Sassicaia est plutôt bâti sur l'élégance, peut-être plus racé aussi. Dans les deux cas, la sucrosité du fruit, ce velouté qui rappelle  parfois la Californie...


Every Super-Tuscan can trace its roots back to Sassicaia, the grand patriarche of all these wines, which was first produced by Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta for his own consumption in the 1960's. But in the case of Ornellaia this is especially true, as the winery was founded by Lodovico Antinori, whose aunt Clarice della Gherardesca married Marchese Mario. The Antinori family were already on the scene in Italy's greatest up-and-coming wine region, as Lodovico's brother, Piero, had been consulting at Tenuta san Guido, home of Sassicaia, since the 1968 vintage. To Lodovico the opportunities offered by the marshy Tuscan coastland known as Maremma, once valued by nobody save for a few lonely head of grazing cattle, might have been irresistible, having seen the success that his brother had achieved. In truth, however, his first calling was California, but others persuaded him of the potential on his doorstep, and having acquired a plot of land from his mother, he set about creating a great estate to produce wines in the emerging Super-Tuscan mould...

Head of the winemaking team at Ornellaia is Axel Heinz, of French and German parentage, drawn to Italy by an appreciation of the beauty that can be found here. He has clearly found his niche in Tuscany. He controls a small portfolio of exceptional wines produced at Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia, led by the grand vin, Ornellaia. This has traditionally been a Cabernet Sauvignon cuvée (this variety accounting for 46 ha of vines), with a decent proportion of Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc, although there is also now the possibility of Petit Verdot appearing in the blend.

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Thanks for your visit...
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