97-pt 2018 Ipsus
Pushing ambition to its delectable limit, we’re honored to announce the arrival of Ipsus Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Caggio 2018. The freshly landed Ipsus 2018 marks the pinnacle of Tuscan winemaking from the famed Mazzei family and their dedication to the unique and heralded Il Caggio terroir. This stunning wine is born from Sangiovese’s spiritual homeland and brought to fruition by the Mazzei family who’s roots run back to 1435, nearly as deep as the vines. It’s an unboxing party like no other.
Tucked in the beating heart of Chianti Classico, the Mazzei family’s Castello di Fonterutoli captures two sublime expressions of the Sangivovese which basks under the Tuscan sun. Ipsus offers a pure expression of Sangiovese from the Il Caggio site. Curated down to the minute detail, Il Caggio measures 370 acres planted entirely to Sangiovese. Ipsus is sourced from 16 hallowed acres with in Il Caggio. From clonal selection to organic farming to finely detailed winemaking, Ipsus represents both a deep multi-generational dedication to the land and the next generation’s keen attention to terroir.
“The Mazzei family was one of the first and most enthusiastic advocates of the Gran Selezione movement.” – Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
It might be hard not to drink now, stunning in its youth as few wines are able to achieve. It’ll age beautifully as well, so add a bottle or two to your cellar to savor as this stunning new venture finds it’s way to legendary status.
Ipsus Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Caggio 2018
A Benchmark Direct Import
James Suckling 97: “Very perfumed with roses and other flowers. Spanish cedar, too. Medium-bodied with creamy and fine yet round tannins that go on for minutes. Super-fine texture. Juicy fruit. Succulent and so beautiful. Hard not to drink now. In fact, do. But it will age beautifully, too. Vineyards of 30 years or more. Drink or hold.” -James Suckling
Decanter 97: “The 2018 vintage appears to be a combination of the 2015 and 2016, showing the ripeness of 2015 – red cherries and plum – with the freshness of 2016. The tannins are tight and still evolving, while the acidity is crisp. The red fruit is underpinned with oak notes. Hold for a couple of years before opening.” – Decanter
Wine Advocate 96+: “Hitting the market now, the Caggio 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Ipsus unfolds slowly in the glass to reveal dark fruit, cassis, spice, cured leather and pressed blue flowers. There is a touch of something exotic like a bay leaf or a hint of toasted cumin. The finish is silky and very smooth, and this wine is longer in terms of mouthfeel and more finely polished compared to the 2016 vintage that I tasted at the same time. Compared to 2016, this 2018 edition is aged for a slightly shorter time in tonneaux. It sees two months less of oak and a bit more time in cement vat. Also, the percentage of new wood was reduced from 100% to 80%. Fermentation is spontaneous with no added yeasts and submerged cap.” -Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
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