The Marchese Mario Inciso della Rocchetta, a noted horse expert and breeder of the exclusive race Dormello Olgiata and connoisseur of French wines imported in the 1940s a few vines of the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Chateau Lafite. At that time, this renowned wine farm was owned by his friend Élie de Rothschild. He wanted to plant this special kind of grape variety from Bordeaux, because of the morphologic similarities between Graves in France and his grounds in Tuscany. The Marchese planted the vines in his Tenuta San Guido close to the Maremma and Livorno and in 1944 he produced his first bottles of Sassicaia. In the beginning, the wine was meant exclusively for family consumption as a countertrend of the times that put quantity over quality. Only in 1968 the first vintage was released on the market.
Food pairing and Sassicaia
Sassicaia can be paired with intense flavours such as game, especially roast pigeon, filet alla bordelaise and mature cheese.
Suitable as simple pairing to nuts and porcino mushrooms with some extra native olive oil and Mediterranean herbs on top.