Berlucchi - Franciacorta '61 Blanc de Blancs Nature 2014
Berlucchi is an iconic house and pioneer in Italy: it was the first winery to release a metodo classico Franciacorta in the 60’s. It has, since then, become the most powerful premium sparkling wine brand in Italy. The Ziliani family also owns the Bolgheri estate of Caccia Al Piano. Certified Organic in 2016, Berlucchi’s own vineyards cover over 100 hectares. The three children of the late Franco Ziliani, lovingly referred to as “the father of Franciacorta,” now lead the estate.
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.
Organic. Chardonnay (100%), grown in the central parcel of the estate Arzelle vineyard, planted to a high density of 10,000 vines/hectare. Fermentation in stainless steel, then the finest lots of wine mature 6 months sur lie in oak barrels. The cuvée is assembled, in the spring following the harvest, with base wines 100% of the same growing year. The wine re-ferments and matures sur lie in the bottle for a minimum of 5 years, followed by a further 6 months after disgorging. Zero dosage.
TChamomile, white stone fruit and bread dough aromas waft out of the glass. Creamy and elegant, the bone-dry palate delivers Bartlett pear, ripe yellow apple and brioche alongside a smooth, silky perlage. Vibrant acidity keeps it bright and balanced.
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