Guido Berlucchi, Franciacorta 61 Nature


for the equivalent of £39.50 a bottle

Grower: Guido Berlucchi
Grape Variety: Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Style: Floral and Mineral
Country: Italy
Appellation: Lombardy
Vintage: 2015
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 12.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Vibrant yellow with shining and crystal-clear pale jade highlights. The bouquet is layered and elegant, with crisp apricot, yellow peach and candied citrus leading to freshly-baked brioche. A vibrant streak of acidity underpins a well-sculpted structure, and a energy-laden, richly-flavoured finish provides a tangy, sensory tautness.

The property was founded when Vittorio Moretti bought the hill called ‘Bellavista’, because of its stunning view, in the early 1970s. His grandfather had farmed in Franciacorta, where Moretti was born and, after making his money in construction, he returned to buy this superb site. His first vintage, 1979, was made with the idea of having his own wine to drink with friends. In 1981, however, he met a young winemaker called Mattia Vezzola and they formed a partnership that has transformed Bellavista into Italy’s leading producer of quality sparkling wine. This estate makes Italy’s finest sparkling wines from its 200 hectares of vineyard situated in a natural amphitheatre in the western part of the Franciacorta zone. The glacial soil is full of stones and provides the ideal environment for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes used in the production of their Franciacorta. They have an approach to production that is astonishing in the way that it cuts no corners. Having gone to all this effort, Moretti wanted to ensure the bottle looked good, so he had his own design produced by the Murano glass factory in Venice. It is a work of art.



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