Franciacorta '61 Brut Nature
Berlucchi is an iconic house and pioneer in Italy: it was the first winery to release a metodo classico Franciacorta in the 60’s. Berlucchi is also the most powerful premium sparkling wine brand in Italy. The name Franciacorta comes from the terms Francae Curtes, name given during the feudal period to the communities of French Benedictine monks who settled in the region to cultivate the vine. These communities were exempted from the princely taxes in exchange for their services. Francae Curtes (franc de taxe in French) therefore means free of taxes. It then evolved through time to the Italian version Franciacorta.
70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir from the estate vineyards of Arzelle, Rovere, San Carlo and Ragnoli. Selection of old vines. Varietals vinified separately in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels (for the best plots). The assemblage of the cuvée is decided in the spring following harvest. Bottle fermentation and maturation sur lie for a minimum of 5 years, followed by another 6 months after disgorgement.
Enticing scents of white spring flower, yellow stone fruit and freshly baked bread form the bouquet on this gorgeous sparkler. On the balanced, savory palate, fresh acidity lifts ripe golden apple, white peach, juicy citrus and the merest hint of acacia honey. An elegant mousse persists into the long, bone-dry finish.