Lombardia

Lombardia

our Ligurian selection by Winemaker / Estate...

 

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.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Majolini. Franciacorta Saten 'Ante Omnia' 2010

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


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  4. 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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  5. Majolini. Franciacorta Rose 'Altera' NV

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


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