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Mazzei, Il Caggio Ipsus, 2019 - Magnum

Mazzei, Il Caggio Ipsus, 2019 - Magnum

Mazzei | Tuscany, Italy | 150cl
  • Red Still
  • Sangiovese
Regular price £642.50
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Descended from the illustrious Marchesi Mazzei family, whose ancestors included Ser Lapo Mazzei who wrote the first recorded mention of Chianti wine in 1398, and Filippo, who was asked personally by President Jefferson to introduce vine growing to Virginia, current owner Giovanni’s ambition has always been to make a Sangiovese which rivals the finest wines of Tuscany, pushing the boundaries of Chianti Classico to heights never seen before.

He found the terroir and vines to realise this ambition in the “Clos”, a 6.5ha prized vineyard planted in Il Caggio back in 2008, and with consistently sky high scores like these he is very much succeeding.

Antonio Galloni has boldly proclaimed that Ipsus “very clearly [has] the potential to become one of Italy’s most important wines” and the consistently high scores being awarded are making many sit up and take notice.

What the critics say:

98/100James Button, Decanter

"Ipsus is the personal project of Giovanni Mazzei of the renowned Tuscan family, and is located just up the hill from the main winery in Castellina-in-Chianti. This 2019 is notably different from the superb 2018 (which, re-tasted at the same time, is absolutely flying right now!); the result of vintage as well as a tireless desire to adjust and refine the process. Giovanni explained that the difference was made in September, when the day-night temperatures fluctuated by almost 30°C, giving the fruit ‘incredible depth’ of flavour. The wine is a blend of 16 spontaneous micro-vinifications in stainless steel, with a 24-day submerged-cap maceration. For the first time, a 10% portion is matured in ceramic, along with 20% in 15hl barrels and 70% in new tonneaux. The wine is then blended and finished in ceramic for six months, followed by 14 months in bottle. Richer and darker in character than the 2018, the 2019 is slightly funky and wild, opening with super-fragrant pomegranate and potpourri, with an intense plummy, dark fruit core and silky tannins. It's soft yet vertical and sapid, with a long, creamy finish of savoury depth. Beautiful texture and incredible vibrancy."

97/100James Suckling

"I love the aromas of cherry, orange peel and sandalwood here. Classy and aromatic. Full-bodied with tight and polished tannins that are precise and centered. It goes on for minutes on the palate. Needs time to open but already beautifully balanced. From 30-year-old vineyards on average. Drink after 2027."

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