Profile of Le Macchiole

A living legend, Le Macchiole is today recognized as one of Tuscany’s finest wine estates. Indeed, Le Macchiole is lauded as much for the consistency and quality of its wines, as it is for opening doors and increasing the sex appeal of the once little known Bolgheri region.

It began with a dream of one very special couple – Eugenio Campolmi and his wife Cinzia Merli. Living a comfortable life running Eugenio’s parents’ retail business, they longed to make wine in Tuscany and set about exploring the region to discover the perfect site for their ambitions.

In 1983, Eugenio and Cinzia came across a special piece of land in the then largely unheard-of Bolgheri region, just 5 miles from the coast. It was love at first sight – they planted several hectares of international varieties and produced their first vintage in 1987. Released in 1989, the inaugural Paleo Rosso was received to universal critical acclaim, validating the couple’s pioneering strategy of making varietal wines in the Bolgheri coastline. Critics praised the power, elegance and above all the remarkable concentration inherent to their wines, which has only improved since the initial releases.

Sadly, however, Eugenio died in 2002, leaving his widow Cinzia and her brother Massimo to continue his pioneering work and forge a legacy worthy of the family name. Understanding and enhancing their unique terroir has been the overriding aim, with a painstaking amount of work going into vineyard management and matching a particular variety of vine to a special place.

But, as anyone who has sampled these delicious wines will testify, the rewards have more than justified the team’s hard work. Today, Le Macchiole continues to make some of the greatest wines in the region, characterized by their balance, finesse and yet intense aromas and complexity. Accessible on release, the wines will age gracefully for many years – just one of the many reasons why Cellar Tours has fallen madly in love with Le Macchiole!

Wines produced

  • Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso

    60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, before being aged in 20% concrete tanks and 80% French oak.

  • Le Macchiole Messorio

    100% Merlot. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks, before being aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak. Approachable on release, Messorio can be cellared for at least 15 years.

  • Le Macchiole Scrio

    100% Syrah. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks, before being aged for 20 months in 75% new French oak.

  • Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso

    100% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fermented in concrete tanks, before being aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak.

  • Le Macchiole Paleo Bianco

    A varying blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is fermented in French barriques for 10 days, before being aged in 30% new French oak for 7 months. A complex, structured white wine, perfect for seafood.

Winery details

Le Macchiole

Strada Provinciale 16B Bolgherese
189/A - 57022 Castagneto Carducci (LI)
Italy
Tel (+39) 0565 766092
Fax (+39) 0565 763240

Appellation
DOC Bolgheri
Founded
1983
Area under vine
27 hectares
Age of vines
30 years+ Low yields
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Luca Rettondini
Owner
Cinzia Merl
Production
160,000 bottles per annum, depending on the vintage
Grape varietals
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay

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