Pieropan Crus 2019

Pieropan is one of the great names in Soave. The straight Soave is typically one of the great values in Italy, while the higher-end bottlings have proven to age quite beautifully, the Calvarino in particular. ANTONIO GALLONI

The value of Soave has improved tremendously, thanks to some dedicated, quality-conscious producers, including the most famous ones such as Pieropan, Prà, Suavia, Inama and Gini, just to name a few… JAMES SUCKLING

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A little while back you will remember we offered out the sensational 2020 Pieropan Soave Classico. One of the real benchmark wines of the region, its charming, delicately floral personality renders it highly quaffable and well, you all showed us just how much you love it by well, buying a hell of a lot of it. Well now it is time to dial up the notch or two, both in quality and excitement, as Pieropan’s duo of 2019 single site wines have just been released!

The steep slopes and poor volcanic soils above the town of Soave produce some of Italy’s most thrilling white wines and few, if any, do it better than Pieropan. These single site wines really jettison the white wines of Soave up among the greats across the border in France and beyond. While the Classico is delicate, fresh and fruit driven, the single site wines deliver palate whetting concentration and complexity, their diamond-cut clarity faithfully telling the tale of their vineyards each vintage. These are intellectual wines that command your attention and will reveal themselves in more detail with some time in the cellar. Best of all, they are still astonishingly affordable.

There are two wines in today’s offer, Calvarino and La Rocca. Calvarino is the finer of the two, grown on traditional pergola on a prime, steep slope that sees the vines snake their roots into the ancient volcanic soils below. It sees no oak and shows a sleek frame peppered with flinty minerality that drives long and lean across your palate. Lovers of Chablis and great dry riesling will be in for a treat here.

La Rocca is a different beast. It’s chalky clay soils and later harvest date deliver of wine of noticeable richness and volume. A little oak here builds further texture and flavours head towards honeyed yellow fruits. Again, power and complexity abound with mineral nuance lacing the edge of the palate. Those with an appreciation of white Burgundy will find solace here.

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