Le Miccine Chianti Classico Docg 2017

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  • Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team.
  • The estate respects the traditions of the Chianti Classico area while applying innovative thinking in the vineyard and winery practices.
  • Utmost importance is placed on observing and adapting practices to each different vintage.
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    $44.99
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  • Alistair Cooper
    92 points
  • Gary Walsh
    92+ points

Editors notes

Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that had been abandoned during the global financial crisis. She learnt Italian while she revived this vineyard, using only ancient traditional methods to breathe life back into the soil and the vines.

Paula respects the traditions of the Chianti Classico area while applying innovative New World thinking in the vineyard and winery practices. Her winery has no electricity, instead using the natural breezes of this high-altitude region to cool her winery. making her facility different yet traditional. Utmost importance is placed on observing and adapting practices to each different vintage. Le Miccine wines are award winning wines distributed internationally in vibrant cities such as Montreal, New York, Auckland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and across cities in Europe. And now they have made it to the shores of Australia!

Le Miccine has seven hectares of vineyards that surround the property. There are six clones of Sangiovese grapevines along with other complementary grape red varieties such as Malvasia Nera, Merlot and Colorino. Le Miccine follows organic viticultural practices (Certified Organic in 2016), which increase biodiversity and allow the vines to increase their natural defenses against pathogens. The objective is to attain a balance that gives optimum grape quality. The key is flexibility since every vintage is different. It is essential to adapt every year to the different climate influences.

This wine is a fine example of Le Miccine wine style. The Chianti Classico is a crisp, vibrant and fruitful wine that is great with a wide variety of foods from asian style pork to a well prepared pasta dish. Blend of traditional Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera and Colorino grapes.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Almond
    • Fig
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Cedar
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Alistair Cooper MW

    92
    "A piercingly fresh nose! Crunchy red and dark fruits with a slatey, mineral feel. There’s so much freshness and verve here, underpinned with fine tannins. This is a medium-bodied wine, with great intensity. Fresh, elegant yet also with good concentration of both red and dark fruits. Delicious and fresh finish and real concentration - a stunningly fresh and elegant wine."
  • Gary Walsh

    92+
    "Fine depth and ‘minerality’ for an entry level Chianti here. It’s red and black fruits, tobacco and crushed rocks, some chocolate, dried herbs and nuts. Tannin is rolling, grainy and ferrous, richness of fruit, freshness of acidity, no shortage of flavour, and heaps of delicious chewiness. Bloody good. This is a producer to watch."

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Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.

Tuscany

Tuscany is the oldest wine region in Italy, with a long history dating back over 2700 years. The region is on the Western coast of Italy, stretching from the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the Apennine mountains, with the majority of the region being quite hilly.

Contributing to around 6% of Italy's total wine output, Tuscany is the third most planted region, but only the eight biggest producer. Much of this can be attributed to the hilly terroir and poor soils leading to lower yields, but generally higher quality wines. The region produces far more red than white wine, and is responsible for two of the most famous Italian red wines, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

Chianti was first classified in 1716, and the region of Tuscany now has 29 DOC and 7 DOCG classifications. In the 1970s 'Super Tuscan' wines emerged of supreme quality, commanding very high prices. Although they were initially produced outside the DOC or DOCG zones, most of the regions have since been classified, though some producers still opt to use the simpler and less restrictive IGT labelling.

The famous red wine Chianti is based on the the Sangiovese variety, though is most commonly blended with Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The blending of multiple grapes is common, even Bordeaux blends can be found. White wines produced include Vermentino, Vernaccia, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.

Chianti

The Chianti region is located in central Tuscany, Italy. It was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called a 'fiasco' however, the fiasco is only used by a few makers of the wine now.

In 1932 the Chianti area was completely re-drawn and divided in seven sub-areas: Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano and Rùfina.

During the 1970s producers started to reduce the quantity of white grapes in Chianti. In 1995 it became legal to produce a Chianti with 100% Sangiovese. For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grape.

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About the brand Le Miccine

Le Miccine has always been an important element of the Chianti countryside. In the past the estate served as a way station for travellers and their donkeys to rest. The name Le Miccine comes from the dialect word that means small female donkeys. The vineyards were initially planted in the sixties and that is when the estate began to produce wines.

Le Miccine is a family-owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. The estate respects the traditions of the Chianti Classico area while applying innovative thinking in the vineyard and winery practices. Utmost importance is placed on observing and adapting practices to each different vintage. Le Miccine wines are award-winning wines distributed internationally in vibrant cities such as Montreal, New York, Auckland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and across cities in Europe.

Le Miccine aims to become a flagship property that is recognized internationally as part of the top of the Chianti Classico region. The estate strives to reach balance and innovation in the vineyard and winery practices so as to offer quality wines with an unforgettable story.

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