Supremus Toscana IGT
Supremus was first launched in 2009, by Neil and Maria Empson who founded several of their own brands from various Italian regions after they established Empson and Co. The pair had always adored Tuscany, so it was only natural they craft a Super Tuscan of their own with the guidance of top enologist Franco Bernabei. This passionate and experienced team focused on creating a harmonious wine made from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The grapes hail from a few of the region’s finest vineyard sites in the areas of Maremma, Colline Pisane, Colli Fiorentini and Chianti Classico.
The vines for this wine are a minimum of 50 years old. Once the different varieties are vinified (separately) they age fourteen months in barrique – principally Allier oak; 70% of the barriques are new. After beldning, it then ages in bottle for a minimum of six months. An extremely intense, persistent bouquet showing elegant nuances of violet, red berry, cherry and toasted vanilla as well as balsamic, leather and mineral notes and hints of chocolate, black pepper and cinnamon and a full, lush, flavorful palate characterized by sweet, mellow, “fat” tannins; a velvety texture and a long, lingering finish.
Wine exported to
Switzerland, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Austria, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Norway, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Finland, Ireland, Denmark, Malaysia
Most recent awards
- 2013 | Vinous89
- 2013 | James Suckling93
75% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type of yeast:
25 °C (77 °F)
Length of maceration:
Oak (80% Slavonian barrels, 20% barrique)
At least 10-20% of the French barrique is new, while the rest is second use. Slavonian barrels are 5-6 years old
Type of oak:
Aging before bottling:
Aging in bottle:
From 50 of Tuscany’s best vineyards in Maremma and in Colline Pisane and Colli Fiorentini, as well as a few areas in Chianti
Calcareous clay, rocky galestro, fine-textured limestone
400-460 (1,300-1,500 feet) above sea level
Age of vines:
50 years old
Total yearly production (in bottles):
A Tuscan classic! Deep ruby red with garnet reflections, it boasts elegant aromas of leather, black cherry, licorice and plum. The palate is medium to full-bodied with flavors of ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, and subtle notes of vanilla and violet; silky texture with soft tannins, a firm backbone, the perfect integration between acidity and fruit, and a pleasant finish.
Best at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Wonderful with pasta, risotto, structured dishes, meat and cheese; extremely versatile and food-friendly.
Alcohol cont. 13% by volume; dry extract: 29.5 g/l; total acidity: 5.80 g/l; residual sugar: 2.85 g/l; pH: 3.36
Franco Bernabei with Neil Empson