Tenuta di Arceno To Join The Oeno Family


Oeno is partnering with Tenuta di Arceno, an award-winning winery in the heart of Chianti Classico, as their exclusive representative in the UK market. The estate occupies a picturesque setting surrounded by Tuscany’s stereotypical rolling hills, an ancient landscape which is studded with reminders of the pre-Roman Etruscan civilization. Today the property is owned by the the Jackson family who are best known for their string of outstanding Californian wines including Vérité in Sonoma County.

Tenuta di Arceno’s Head Winemaker is seventh generation vigneron Pierre Seillan who has decades of experience of working with Cabernet Franc in his family’s vineyards in Armagnac and in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. After becoming close friends with Jess Jackson, Pierre began collaborating with the Jacksons in the 1990s and is probably best-known today for crafting the sensational Vérité wines in Sonoma County.

Tenuta di Arceno is best known for their flagship wine, Arcanum, a masterful Super Tuscan predominantly made of Cabernet Franc along with smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The fruit is primarily sourced from the L’Apparita and Belvedere plots where well-draining sandy soils and exceptional exposure offer ideal growing conditions. Although eminently drinkable in youth with attractive notes of violets, roses, and sweet raspberries, this is a wine that is built to age and will gracefully evolve and develop in the cellar over the next decade or so.

Amongst Tenuta di Arceno’s other top wines is the Valadorna which is another Bordeaux-style blend composed predominantly of Merlot along with some Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. The Merlot is sourced from the Valadorna and Capraia blocks which are some of the coolest anywhere on the estate and are typically the last vineyards to ripen. Another exceptional choice for extended cellar ageing, the Valadorna is typically an intense, deeply fruited wine with immense complexity and a remarkably smooth, well-rounded texture even when young.

As well as these magnificent Super Tuscans, Tenuta di Arceno also produces several exceptional Chianti Classico wines from the indigenous Sangiovese grape. These wines epitomise the modern approach to a traditional style of wine which has been made in this region for generations.

Tenuta di Arceno’s wines have enjoyed significant critical acclaim in recent years with the Arcanum 2008 awarded 96 points by Monica Larner from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate magazine. The same publication also awarded 95 points to the Valadorna 2008 and 94 points to the estate’s Il Fauno di Arcanum 2008.

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