Berlucchi - Franciacorta '61 Extra Brut NV
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. 85% chardonnay, 15% pinot nero. Assemblage of the cuvée in the spring following harvest, with the contribution of 20% of reserve wines expertly divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Second fermentation in the bottles and maturation sur lie for a minimum of 24 months followed by an additional 2 months after disgorgement. RS 5g/l
Tart orchard fruits greet you the moment you pop the bottle. Elegant and pretty hints of citrus blossoms, lemon zest and freshly baked bread complete the nose. The palate is bright and focused with zesty lemon and green apple shining through with a long finish with a defined minerality at the end. Drink now to 2030.
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