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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'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 2021 3 cases Pieropan - Soave 'Calvarino' 75cl £105 per case of 6 Pieropan
Soave 'Calvarino'
2021 / 3 cases / 75cl
£105 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 50th anniversary vintage. The first single vineyard white wine of Italy. Tuffeau and basalt. Calvarino is fermented in cement rather than the tank, as is used for the Classico. A broader sash of orchard fruits, verging toward toffee apple, mingle with ginger, orange blossom, rosemary, sage, almond and jasmine. 20-30% Trebbiano di Soave due to its affinity with volcanic soils. Saline and sappy, whilst also resinous and intense. A powerful wine that is paradoxically pixelated of detail, immensely saline and beautifully light on its feet. The sort of wine I challenge anyone not to love. Drinkable now, but best from 2025. 94 points""There's something especially spicy and enticing about the 2021 Soave Classico Calvarino. White smoke and honeyed floral aromas give way to ground ginger and crushed green apples. It's deeply textural, nearly oily, and young peach nuances swirl throughout. Residual acids keep you returning to the glass as zesty yellow citrus offsets liquid stone through the youthfully tense finale. This is an absolutely stunning performance for Calvarino, and as primary as it is today, I can't help but pour another glass. The 2021 was matured entirely in glass-lined cement tanks for one year. The 2021 Calvarino is a powerful terroir representation. 94 points" Eric Guido,
WHITE 2021 2 cases Pieropan - Soave 'La Rocca' 75cl £135 per case of 6 Pieropan
Soave 'La Rocca'
2021 / 2 cases / 75cl
£135 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2021 Soave Classico La Rocca seduces, flaunting its rich bouquet of confectionary spice and sweet ook before coming further into focus with baked apple and chamomile notes. This is elegance personified, opulent at first and then decidedly savory and precise with crisp orchard fruits flowing across a saline-tinged, acidic core. The 2021 finishes with dramatic length, staining the palate in youthful concentration as zesty citrus combines with dried apricot and peach. This is an especially decedent vintage for La Rocca, yet the balance is something to behold. It was refined for one year in a mix of 2000- and 500 liter Slavonian oak barrels. 93 points" Eric Guido,"A different, fuller-weighted brood, boasting ample stone fruits, nutmeg and truffle. Savvy use of oak (tonneaux and larger format French) and extended lees ageing. A vineyard purchased in 1976, situated directly behind the town's castle. Lower altitude, with clay and limestone (rather than the more pervasive volcanics), finding effortless confluence with a winemaking approach that has long-defined this fuller-weighted, late-harvested, highly textural expression. While an outlier stylistically, there is often a fleck of botrytis, all tamarind and dried mango, that melds with the underlying tension to impart generosity and evince authority. Drinkable now, but best from 2026. 95 points"
WHITE 2022 Pieropan - Soave Classico 75cl £125 per case of 12 Pieropan
Soave Classico
2022 / / 75cl
£125 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2021 Soave Classico lifts from the glass with an intense burst of your 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-evel" Soave Classico? Bravo! 91 points" Eric Guido, ------"A vibrant, medium-bodied white with aromas of lemon, green apple, pineapple, elderflowers and lime curd. Bright and creamy, with succulent ripe fruit. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap. 92 points"

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