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
More savory than sweet, the NV Extra Brut Franciacorta Berlucchi '61 opens with a dusty bouquet of dried flowers and field grasses giving way to yellow apples. This sizzles on the palate as zesty acidity and crystalline bubbles cascade throughout. Saline minerals and tart orchard fruits linger, adding tension through the finish as the Extra Brut tapers off with admirable length.