Lombardia

Lombardia

Native Vines:

Red

• Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo)
• Bonarda (Croatina)
 

White

• Trebbiano di Lugana (Verdicchio)
 
Important Wines
• Valtellina Sforzato
• Lugana
• Franciacorta

 

Valtellina is one of the great Nebbiolo wines of Italy, Franciacorta is also responsible for some of the greatest Sparkling wines - few have heard of either.

Franciacorta is a recent phenomenon probably created by Berlucchi, whose Pinot Bianco was an instant revelation, in 1967 the DOC was awarded followed by a further promotion to DOCG in 1995.  This provided a real impetus and investment for the ‘Classic Method Sparkling Wines’.  The rules are more stringent than those of Champagne, the main difference (apart from terroir) is that there is little Pinot Meurnier here and Pinot Bianco is popular.

There are also extensive plantings of Riesling and Pinot Noir around Pavia (which will trouble neither Germany nor France).  From the eastern border, below lake Garda comes a white wine called ‘Lugana’, this is made from a vine known as ‘trebbiano di Lugana’ which is identical to verdicchio (from the Marche).  For many years Zenato’s, Ca dei Frati and Ottella have been the established names and they all make excellent wine.

 

our Ligurian selection by Winemaker / Estate...

Caveat
Bat and Bottle is Emma and me, there are no teams of copywriters or agencies helping us out and we are constantly limited by time.  For excellent sources of information go to my blog where I have embedded useful links.  These scribblings are personal and flawed. 

 

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  1. Majolini. Ruc 2011

    Open, unforced fruit with sloe and blueberry, roasted peppers, violet and cassis. 


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  2. Majolini. Franciacorta Brut 2010

    The finished article, it has shed its puppyish charms of apple Danish and candied lemon to reveal firm and complex layers of fruit, divine.

     


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  3. Majolini. Franciacorta Saten 'Ante Omnia' 2009

    Harmonious, restrained, tight mineral fruit. Grapefruit with a touch of spice and white pepper.


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  4. Majolini. Franciacorta Pas Dose 'Aligi Sassu' 2006

    Taut and elegant fruit, sinew of lemon, grapefruit and the slightest wild honey, mineral and ripe herb. Full and fine.


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  5. Majolini. Franciacorta Millesimato 'Electo' 2005

     A serious vintage wine with toast, butter grapefruit and tarragon flavours. Somehow the exuberance is restrained and tempered with a mineral element. A rare and fine wine.


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  6. Majolini. Franciacorta Rose 'Altera' NV

    Strawberry, cherry. peach and mineral elements.  An exceptional delicate and restrained wine.


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  7. Majolini. Franciacorta Blanc de Noir NV

    Deep minerality, toast and berry flavours with a touch of camomile, tarragon, slight of apricot and toast.


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  8. Majolini. Franciacorta 'Valentino' 2005

    An incredibly rare wine, rich and forceful and majestic in balancing fineness with power. Elements of butter and tropical to pink grapefruit fruit but also mineral and herb.


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  9. Majolini. Franciacorta Brut 2009 Magnum

    The finished article, it has shed its puppyish charms of apple Danish and candied lemon to reveal firm and complex layers of fruit, divine.

     


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    £51.50
  10. Majolini. Special 6 Bottle Franciacorta Offer

    A case of 6 different styles of Majolini's Franciacorta, usually £159.50

    A fantastic opportunity to compare our chosen Franciacorta estate's wines to the champagne that you may have been buying ... up until now!


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    £152.00

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