Berlucchi ’61 Nature. An intriguing tribute to pure expression
2016 sees the debut of Nature, the Franciacorta Millesimato (vintage-dated) that extends the ’61 collection line, which commemorates the “birth year” of the very first Franciacorta, created in 1961 in the venerable vaulted winecellars of Guido Berlucchi.
Berlucchi ’61 Nature was born in 2009, which was a particularly fine growing year. Its grapes were grown in four estate vineyards lying between Corte Franca and Provaglio d’Iseo; now15 years old, they are mature enough to yield quality grapes capable of producing a Millesimato.
The cuvée, composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, matures sur lie a minimum of 5 years. It is Nature in style since Arturo Ziliani, Berlucchi Oenologist and Managing Director, chose to add no syrup dosage at disgorgement.
“Berlucchi ’61 Nature Millesimato conveys the purest expression of this growing area,” explains Ziliani. “It combines, in fact, the fleshiness of Chardonnay and the minerality of Pinot Noir. Even more, the absence of the syrup dosage means that the wine can express its true, natural soul.”
This Franciacorta will be its best when enjoyed throughout a meal. In the words of Ziliani, “Its complex, multi-faceted aromatics, uncompromised progression, and superb length give this Millesimato amazing energy and fine balance, which makes it the perfect partner to even rich, elaborate dishes.”
Berlucchi ’61 Nature 2009 will be available in select wine shops and restaurants. In the standard bottle, the retail price will be around 29 euros.