Villa Calcinaia "Mauvais Chapon" 2014

100% Sangiovese
A sparkling - traditional method pink wine from the Chianti, Tuscany region of Italy.

Fine and fresh. Bread, yogurt, golden apple.

Tasting Notes

Despite being a Rosé the Mauvais Chapon 2014 from Villa Calcinaia has a golden colour, with very faint salmon hues. The bubbles are fine and persistent.

On the nose, I find some yeasty notes of bread, yogurt, and almond paste. They mix nicely with a more aromatic character and notes of white flower, golden apple and grape juice.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, with fine bubbles and a vivid freshness. On the palate I find citrus and mineral notes and bitter almond on the finish, which is rather long.

Score 90

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Villa Calcinaia "Mauvais Chapon" 2014
Mauvais Chapon (2014) Review
Estate making Mauvais Chapon Estate Villa Calcinaia
Mauvais Chapon (2014) Label Mauvais Chapon
Style of Mauvais Chapon Style Pink & Sparkling - Traditional Method
Country of Villa Calcinaia Country Italy
Region of Villa Calcinaia Region Chianti, Tuscany
Grape blend of Mauvais Chapon Grapes Sangiovese
Vintage of Mauvais Chapon Vintage 2014
My review of Mauvais Chapon Points

How it's made

The wine spends 45 months on lees. he second time some vin santo has been added.


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Wine making grape

Sangiovese is a red Italian wine grape variety named after the Latin sanguis Jovis, which means “Jupiter’s blood.” Though it is native to most of central Italy, from Romagna to Lazio, Campania, and Sicily, it is best known outside of Italy as the sole component of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino, as well as the primary component of the blends Chianti, Carmignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Morellino di Scansano, though it can also be used to make varietal wines like Sangiovese di Romagna

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Traditional method

Traditional Method is one of the ways winemakers produce sparkling wines. It’s also known as Classical Method, Méthod Classique, Champenoise Method or Méthode Champenoise.

This wine making process is long and laborious but results in some of the most celebrated wines in the world. Traditional method is used to produce Champagne in France, Franciacorta and Trento DOC in Italy, Cava in Spain….

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Villa Calcinaia

This is another historical estate south of Florence and just north of Greve in Chianti. It dates back to the 16th century and to these days it is still owned and run by the same family.

Its long history doesn’t stand on the way of progress though. At Villa Calcinaia they embraced organic viticulture since the early 1990s. It’s more, with the help of the University of Florence they discovered and revived an unknown, lost grape variety, Occhiorosso.

They now produce a single variety wine not only with Occhiorosso but with other rare grape varieties too, like Mammolo and Sanforte. That is on top of their wide range of Chianti Classico bottles of course!

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