Majolini Franciacorta Pas Dose Aligi Sassu
This wine is dedicated to Aligi Sassu, an influential sculpture and artist from Milan, his trademark motif being horses, a pair of which overlook the terraces at Majolini.
Pas Dosé is a particular and uncompromising style of fizz, it is difficult as there is no residual sugar to soften the fruit and Pas Dosé or ‘extra-Brut’ is saved from austerity by Franciacorta’s natural ability to ripen the grapes. I confess to having had a problem with the meanness and lack of fun in this category, I am now a total convert, this has the vigour and complexity born out of hardship, a beautiful wine.
Made from hand picked chardonnay which has only a short distance to travel before a gentle pressing, a brief maceration at 8°C before fermentation at 18°C . The cuvee is made in the following spring, bottling follows and the wine remains on its lees for at least 30 months before remuage.
Taut and elegant fruit, sinew of lemon, grapefruit and the slightest wild honey, mineral and ripe herb. Full and fine. 12.5%
Wine Spectator 92 points Editor’s Choice
Wine-Pages.com Tom Canavan: "100% Chardonnay with only 1.7g/l natural residual sugar. A small proportion was fermented in older barrels. Lovely bruised fruit hints of maturity and oxidation, and there is a nettle and herb touch to this. A lovely palate, riven by that grapefruity tang and cut of citrus, plenty of acidity here, but there is a burgeoning hint of sweetness too. 91/100."
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product Majolini. Franciacorta Pas Dose 'Aligi Sassu' 2006 product code / SKU ISB022 region Italy - Lombardia (Lombardy) vintage 2006 bottle size 75cl alcohol level 12 - 12.5% body medium colour white sugar level dry grape Chardonnay