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Berlucchi '61 Brut is a fantastic example of a dry, Méthode Champenoise, or as the Italians say Metodo Classico, Franciacorta made from 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. A lovely rich base that spends 18 months on lees maturing into an elegant wine, with brioche, white flowers and ripe melons on the nose. The palate opens up to juicy pears, lingering citrus acidity, an elegant bead with a citrus and pineapple finish. If you like to drink quality sparkling wine or NV Champagne at a much more affordable price, then this is the wine to drink. Its complexity, incredible quality and amazing flavour profile is hard to beat.
Enjoy Me With
Friends, loved ones, special occasions or just because sparkling wine is the best! I highly enjoy pairing the '61 NV Brut with freshly shucked oysters. However, with the richness of this style of sparkling, freshly caught and grilled seafood is a great match, as is soft creamy cheese like Époisse’s de Bourgogne, Brillat-Savarin or a Pont-l’Évêque. Talk to your local deli or fromagerie for what they have to offer you. Enjoy - Jeremy
Vineyard in Focus
Berlucchi Franciacorta was the brain child of a young oenologist in the mid 1950’s with the first major production occurring in 1961. These wines are produced with a philosophy of sincere quality for reasonable prices.
What Exactly Is Franciacorta?
Great question! Franciacorta is a designation for premium Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Wine in the same way as Champagne. It comes from the Province of Brescia in Lombardy, Northern Italy. Much like Champagne, the traditional sparkling production method, a base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle, on lees (yeast) for a minimum of 18months. Non Vintage Franciacorta must have a minimum 18months on lees, over a minimum of 15months for Champagne. As with Champagne, Franciacorta is made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. If you want a top quality sparkling different to Champagne, this will be right up your alley. It really is quite remarkable!