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Berlucchi ’61 Nature 2011 wins “Sparkling wine of the year” from Gambero Rosso’s “2019 Wines of Italy” guide

Just after bestowing on our ’61 Nature Millesimato 2011 its Three Glasses wine award, the prestigious Gambero Rosso magazine went even further, granting its highest honour to Berlucchi’s Franciacorta, the wine that embodies the very essence of its Franciacorta growing area.

Guido Berlucchi won, in fact, the “Sparkling Wine of the Year” special award for its ’61 Nature Millesimato 2011, which Gambero Rosso gives to the wine and the winery that truly stands out from all others for its efforts and achievements and is therefore deserving of a higher recognition.

The Berlucchi ’61 Nature 2011 cuvée is composed of Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%), with all the grapes from the same vintage and grown in the Berlucchi estate vineyards. This Franciacorta matures a minimum of five years on the fine lees, and no sweetness is added in the final dosage. Over the last year, this elegant Franciacorta has brought home impressive tributes, between glowing reviews and top awards—among them Gambero Rosso’s 2019 Three Glasses. In the words of Arturo Ziliani, Berlucchi Director and Winemaker, “Berlucchi ’61 Nature Millesimato is the very quintessence of the terroir that produces it, marrying the fleshy heft of Chardonnay to the crisp minerality of Pinot Noir. Further, since it is not given a sugar-syrup dosage at disgorging, it is the truest and most uncompromising reflection of its denomination.”

Debuted to the markets in 2016, the Nature line today comprises a 100% Pinot Noir version as well: Berlucchi ’61 Rosé Nature 2011.

The internationally authoritative “Vini d’Italia 2019” wine guide, which every year singles out and recognises Italy’s finest wines, will have its official presentation on the morning of 27 October in Rome, in the Auditorium Massimo, followed by a comprehensive tasting in the afternoon at the Sheraton Roma Hotel that will spotlight all of the wines receiving the Three Glasses award in 2019.