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"Berlucchi 61" Franciacorta Extra Brut DOCG Magnum

"Berlucchi 61" Franciacorta Extra Brut DOCG Magnum.
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Biologico
Da Regalare
Vino premiato
Guido Berlucchi & C.
Vintage: NV
Location: Lombardy, Corte Franca (BS)
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£ 49.90 £ 43.00 -14%
Format 1.50 l. (£ 28.67/lt.)
cod. S1611
Here Franciacorta was born

What: A decidedly versatile sparkling wine
Why: For those seeking the original
Perfect with: Risotto with perch

Marketed by: Svinando Wine Club via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.
AWARDED AWARDED
"Berlucchi 61" Franciacorta Extra Brut DOCG Magnum
Guido Berlucchi & C.
Vintage: NV
Location: Lombardy, Corte Franca (BS)

90

Wine spectator

90

James Suckling


£ 49.90 £ 43.00 -14%
Format 1.50 l. (£ 28.67/lt.)
cod. S1611
Here Franciacorta was born

What: A decidedly versatile sparkling wine
Why: For those seeking the original
Perfect with: Risotto with perch

Marketed by: Svinando Wine Club via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.
"Berlucchi 61" Franciacorta Extra Brut DOCG Magnum - Guido Berlucchi & C.

There is no better way to celebrate the short but intense history of Franciacorta than to uncork a bottle produced right where the famous Lombardy sparkling wine was born. The year was 1961. The oenologist was Franco Ziliani and the cellar was that of the famous Guido Berlucchi. The one proposed here is the Brut cuvée of a line dedicated by the historic Corte Franca winery precisely to that invention. Chardonnay in clear predominance with a hint of Pinot Noir, the grapes come from the most suitable vineyards in the 19 communes of Franciacorta. Soft mousse with good persistence, thanks to the fine, continuous perlage, this sparkling wine has a beautiful straw-yellow colour with greenish highlights. The nose is fresh, rich and elegant. Notes of white-fleshed fruit and citrus scents are also found on the palate. In the mouth it is fresh, well supported by pleasant acidity, but also soft and well balanced. Perfect as an aperitif, it also does not disdain a place on the table. For a territorial pairing, we can pair it with classic casoncelli, the tasty traditional stuffed ravioli, or with a lake fish dish, such as risotto with perch or a char fillet. But wine is versatile and can adapt to a thousand situations. The only limit might be our imagination.

What if we made a sparkling wine the French way? You said nothing! Yet in 1955, a young wine technician, Franco Ziliani, put this very question to a country gentleman. That gentleman was Guido Berlucchi, who fortunately decided to follow up Ziliani's dream. With them, Giorgio Lanciani also joined the venture and the three of them practically gave life to the Franciacorta we know today. The challenge, to tell the truth, was by no means easy and it took the three of them a good six years to achieve their first significant results. But in 1961 - mark this date - the first three thousand bottles of Pinot di Franciacorta were finally sealed. Uncorked the following year, they proved to be excellent. From there on it would be a crescendo, starting the following year when Ziliani created the first Italian classic method rosé. Today Berlucchi is a brand that certainly needs no introduction. Guido Berlucchi passed away in 2000 but his name is now inextricably linked to that of Italy's most elegant sparkling wine. Today, Franco Ziliani's three children are at the helm of the company: Cristina, Arturo and Paolo. The size and numbers are those of a large enterprise. But the passion is unchanged and Guido Berlucchi is above all a family business, strongly rooted in its territory.

Technical Data Sheet
CHARACTERISTICS
  • TypeFranciacorta DOCG
  • Location Lombardy
  • Grapes Chardonnay 85% e Pinot Nero 15%
  • Sensations VISUAL APPEARANCE: Soft mousse, with good persistence of a tenuous rim. Fine, continuous perlage. COLOUR: Straw yellow with greenish reflections. BOUQUET: Fresh, rich, elegant, discreetly persistent, with notes of white-fleshed fruit and hints of citrus. FLAVOUR: The taste reveals considerable freshness and pleasant acidity, it is soft and balanced, with a pleasant citrus sensation on the finish.
  • Vinification Soft and progressive pressing of the bunches with fractioning of the must, alcoholic fermentation in steel vats. Preparation of the cuvée in the spring following the harvest, with the addition of 20% reserve wines skilfully divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Second fermentation in the bottle and subsequent ageing in contact with its own yeasts for at least 24 months, followed by a further two months after disgorging.
  • Alcoholic strength 12.5% vol
  • Allergens Contains sulphites
TASTING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tips Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Refrigerate no more than 24 h beforehand. Open and serve at the time
  • Serving temperature 10 grades
  • GlassFlute / Franciacorta
  • When to drink it within 3 years
  • Pairing Aperitif, Fish menu
VINEYARD
  • Terrain Morenico
  • Exposure and altitude South East
  • Breeding method Guyot
  • Planting density 10000
PRODUCTION NOTES
  • Italy

  • Elaborato e imbottigliato da Guido Berlucchi & C. Spa - CORTEFRANCA - ITALIA

Awarded
  • James Suckling 90
  • Wine Spectator 90

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