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Latest vintages from Pieropan: 2021 Soave Classico, 2020 Calvarino & 2019 La Rocca

Our offers of Pieropan's single-vineyard Soaves have been very popular for the last couple of years, so we were pleased to see the Calvarino chosen as a star wine of a feature on the region by Vinous.com's Italian expert, Eric Guido.  Of Soave as a whole, Guido says:  "For lovers and collectors of the world's best white wines, it’s time to welcome Soave back to your cellars".  We offer these latest vintages for each wine, with great confidence that they will make converts of you (assuming you aren't already).

The saline, mineral wines from the volcanic soils on the hills around the medieval town of Soave itself are a world away from generic Soave, made on the flat plains, where the soil can overly fertile, leading to high yields and dilute wines.  The Soave Classico DOC 'garantita' is a more reliable indicator of quality than in many classifications and within the DOC, Pieropan is both a pioneer and one of the best producers.

Their 2021 Soave Classico is a brilliant introduction to the style, although it's so good, it's almost atypical, with Guido commenting "Wait, this is an “entry-level” Soave Classico? (91 points)".  The 2020 Soave 'Calvarino' is from the 'Little Calvary' vineyard.  Aged on the lees for 12 months in concrete vats, Calvarino always has richness, roundness and tension.  Guido scores the 2020 93 points and gives it the most mouthwatering tasting notes have seen in a while, finding "...ginger, lime zest, minty-basil and wet stone. It envelopes the palate in silky textures while also bombarding it with salty mineral tones and a sour twang of green apple."   All this at a little over £22 per bottle on your table!  It would make a wonderful alternative to Chablis, to pair with fish and shellfish.

The famous Rocca vineyard (pictured) is on the only outcrop of limestone in the region and produces rich wines, with intense minerality.  Aged, like Calvarino, on its lees, the differene here is the use of large old oak barrels.  The 2019 Soave 'La Rocca' is from an unusually warm, ripe vintage and James Suckling finds notes of dried pineapple, honeycomb, pecan pie, light toffee and...fresh and dried flowers flitting around the edges", awarding it an impressive 94 points

These are the perfect wines for summer, even (dare we say it!) as good as fine white burgundy.  We have just a handful of cases of the single-vineyard wines, so please let us know right away if you would like to order.

Offered in bond, available June 2022.

Pieropan, Soave

Producer Profile

Pieropan, Soave

The Pieropan family have been producing wines in Soave since the 1890s and were the first to bottle wine under this name.  In the 1970s, Leonildo Pieropan tasked himself with what seemed an unlikely challenge at the time, to make one of Italy's finest white wines using a local grape variety, the native Garganega, rather than using 'noble' varieties like Chardonnay or Sauvignon.   He purchased the 'Calvarino' ('Little Calvary') vineyard in 1971, the name reflecting the steep, rocky volcanic soils, at 200-300m elevation.  Extremely hard to work, they also produce wonderful, age-worthy wines.  The limestone-rich La Rocca vineyard followed, dramatically set at the foot of the medieval La Rocca castle which dominates the town. 

Today, the estate is run by Leonildo's sons, Andrea and DarioCalvarino is aged on its lees for 12 months in concrete vats, whereas La Rocca spends a similar time on lees in larger old oak barrels.  Calvarino has richness and roundness but still manages to retain a tension about it, whereas La Rocca is all about focused minerality.  Both wines - particularly La Rocca - will age for around a decade, acquiring a honeyed complexity.  The Soave Classico is a benchmark for the region.

The short film below has some beautiful shots of vineyards and La Rocca castle (although the drone footage is a bit terrifying!):

WHITE 2019 2 cases Pieropan - Soave 'La Rocca' 75cl £130 per case of 6 Pieropan
Soave 'La Rocca'
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£130 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Very ripe Soave here with aromas of dried pineapple, honeycomb, pecan pie, light toffee and a wealth of fresh and dried flowers flitting around the edges. Medium-to full-bodied with a lovely, long palate of fruit syrup and caramel. Seamless, tasty and long. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 94 points." James Suckling
WHITE 2020 2 cases Pieropan - Soave 'Calvarino' 75cl £99 per case of 6 Pieropan
Soave 'Calvarino'
2020 / 2 cases / 75cl
£99 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"So spicy, yet also rich, the 2020 Soave Classico Calvarino impresses with an alluring mix of ground ginger, lime zest, minty-basil and wet stone. It envelopes the palate in silky textures while also bombarding it with salty mineral tones and a sour twang of green apple. While supremely elegant, the 2020 is also full of nervous energy, as it finishes long with tropical floral nuances and a bitter tug of lemon rinds. Readers can certainly enjoy the Calvarino today, yet it needs some time to come fully into focus. 93 points." Vinous.com (EG), Apr 2022
WHITE 2021 5 cases Pieropan - Soave Classico 75cl £125 per case of 12 Pieropan
Soave Classico
2021 / 5 cases / 75cl
£125 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2021 Soave Classico lifts from the glass with an intense burst of sour citrus, crushed rocks, sea spray and sour melon. Its medium-weight textures wash across the palate with prominence, nicely contrasted by a reverberation of sweet and sour green citrus and zesty acidity. Granny Smith apples and exotic inner florals cascade throughout the finale, as the 2021 tapers off with unexpected length. Wait, this is an “entry-level” Soave Classico? Bravo. 91 points." Vinous.com (EG), Apr 2022

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