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Ca'Marcanda - Gaja
Bolgheri, Tuscany

We may be locked down but that's not stopped me dutifully tasting lots of new releases. Most recent were the superb Bordeaux-style blends from Bolgheri estate, Ca'Marcanda, with Giovanni Gaja (scion of the Piedmont dynasty). Bolgheri's unique location and terroir contains some of the most exciting wineries in Tuscany and Ca'Marcanda is going from strength to strength. I was really impressed by the elegance and restraint of these wines, from a region that can sometimes be much more flamboyant. 

2017 experienced a mild and dry growing season, resulting in small berries, with thick skins. The wines are highly concentrated in every aspect but Gaja's philosophy is to put freshness first and foremost and this defines the character of the Camarcanda. Production is down 40% due to the low yields and strict selection. 

2018, by contrast, was uncharacteristically rainy for much of the spring and summer, until September sun arrived. The ensuing diurnal temperature variation provided the grapes with perfect ripening conditions. The 2018 wines show great elegance, freshness and refinement.

•    This a pre-shipment offer with anticipated delivery from May 2021.

2017 Camarcanda
 

£595 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£730.07 duty & VAT paid

£225 per Mag & £915 per 6ltr Imp (in bond)
Very Limited - please enquire for availability 

Bursting with fruitcake aromas. Loads of red cherry and candied peal. Nutty, with a note of fudge. The palate has a succulent ripe core, excellent grip, and impressive concentration. There’s plentiful dry extract but totally unforced. Playful and serious at the same time. Deeply complex and thought-provoking; evolving with each return to the glass. For such a young wine, this has a lot going on and is clearly age worthy. If you plan on trying it anytime soon, decant several hours in advance. Only great terroir married with an expertly light touch of winemaking can yield results like this. 2026-2036+
Simon Quinn, VinQuinn 

The 2017 Camarcanda is rich and heady in the glass, with all of the natural radiance of the vintage on full display. Ripe, racy and exotic in its beauty, the 2017 is a prototypical modern Maremma red. Generous fruit, racy contours and lifted savory notes add to its considerable allure. It, too, is arresting in its beauty. The 2017 offers plenty of voluptuousness, but with no excess weight. I loved it. Production is down 40% because of the low production of the year and then severe selection. 2022-2035
95+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The Ca' Marcanda 2017 Bolgheri Rosso Camarcanda is Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Gaja family estate in Bolgheri. Many of its peers show the inky and concentrated fruit of this hot and dry vintage, with the bitter structure and the exaggerated phenolic ripeness of the growing season. But not this wine. This Bolgheri blend is contained and subdued in comparison, with a silky mouthfeel and elegant tannins. This elegance defies the vintage and resets your palate to a place of nuance and finesse that is nearly impossible to find in these 2017 releases. 2021-2035
95 points Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

2018 Ca'Marcanda, Magari
 

£240 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£304.07 duty & VAT paid


£270 per 3 Mag Case & £385 per 6ltr Imp (in bond)
- please enquire for availability 

The refined nose entices with blood orange, physalis struck flint and a hint of eucalyptus. Black cherry, fragrant blackcurrant & redcurrant flavours combine on the laid back and quietly confident palate. Pure and fresh, with supple tannins and acidity giving definition. This creeps up on you with its elegance and is effortlessly harmonious. 2026-2033+
Simon Quinn, VinQuinn 

The 2018 Magari is quite deceptive in its first impression. Translucent and medium in body, Magari opens to reveal lovely brightness and persistence that gives the wine shape. Sweet dark berry fruit, spice, tobacco, cedar and licorice are nicely woven throughout. Quite simply, the 2018 Magari is one of the classiest wines I can remember tasting from Ca’ Marcanda. It is not an obvious wine, but it sure is enticing. 2023-2033
94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Bolgheri Rosso Magari shows grace and a slightly lighter style that works very nicely. With the recent releases from Bolgheri, many from the hot and concentrated 2017 vintage, this 2018 alternative comes as an elegant surprise. You can appreciate the purity of the fruit, with dark cherry and plum, and the acidity that pops up on the finish. This is almost a full-bodied red, but not quite. It holds back just a hair, and that more careful approach goes a long way to the pleasure factor. 2021-2035
94 points Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
 

Gaja:
The beautiful Gaja winery is located in the heart of Barbaresco. Founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859, it has been owned and operated by five generations of the Gaja family. It is now owned by Angelo Gaja, the founder’s great-grandson.

Ca'Marcanda:
After no less than 18 trips to complete the negotiations, the purchase of the historic 100ha Bolgheri estate in Tuscany took place in 1996 and is now known as “Ca-marcanda” – the house of endless negotiations. It was then another six years before Italian architect Giovanni Bo would complete the design and construction of a state-of-the-art winery, bringing to life Angelo’s vision for the building to blend discreetly with its surrounding.  Built underground, the layout and design allows for the precision necessary to craft exceptional wines with minimal intervention.

Bolgheri:
The area is a natural theater with the Colline Metalifere (hills with a rich variety of metallic mineral resources) to the east that gradually slope downwards towards the coastline. Thick forests cover the surrounding hillsides maintaining and protecting the rich and complex ecosystem. The tiered hillsides slowly descend towards the central arena; an area of flat terrain where most of the vineyards grow. Bolgheri faces center stage: the Tyrrhenian sea dominated by the Tuscan archipelago with Corsica visible on the horizon.

Sea breezes, especially those channeled through the Tuscan archipelago, keep the area cool year-round providing an average yearly temperature of 15.5 C, about one degree lower than other coastal zones. This phenomenon imparts greater freshness and elegance to the wines. Consistently windy weather, at least 250 days per year, has another beneficial effect on the vines’ health; breezes aerate the vineyards reducing the levels of humidity and limiting the threat of fungal diseases.

 

 

 

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