For just over forty years, Italian wine in the world has had an Anglo-Saxon name – that of Neil Empson. New Zealander by birth, Italian by passion, he explored the wine peninsula and exported its hidden gems. Monte Antico was born in 1977 with the always precious contribution of the trusted and excellent winemaker Franco Bernabei. In all these years, Monte Antico has collected countless consents among the most authoritative in the world. “A consistently wellmade offering”, according to Robert Parker, a sophisticated and powerful American critic who also considers him “one of Italy’s better values” since ever: therefore, excellent and constant quality and excellent quality / price ratio. “Delicious”, according to Wine Spectator. “This wine keeps getting better with every vintage”, improves every vintage that passes, according to the Washington Post … and so on.
Paradoxically, this blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon which expresses velvety Italian accents – of violet, plum, cherry and Tuscan earth – has been praised and described for over forty years not in Dante’s language but in that of Shakespeare. The reason is simple: it is only since 2009 that Monte Antico is available in Italy, simultaneously with the launch of Supremus, the spearhead of the original concept.