Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige NV - 750ml

$ 39.99

The meeting between young Maurizio Zanella and gentle Franciacorta, when his mother moved to Erbusco and planted the first vineyard, was the initial contact with what would be the love of his life. But it was after a trip to Champagne, to the famous maisons whose wine had always fascinated and inspired him, that Maurizio returned with the unshakable idea of making something similar. What was once a house in a chestnut wood became one of the most trailblazing wineries in Italy. Since then a single principle has been defining the essence of Ca’ del Bosco: the quest for excellence.

In 1979 Maurizio Zanella planted the first five rows of vineyard having 10,000 vines per hectare (2.5 acres) and in Franciacorta initiated a type of grape-growing at the time considered rash and revolutionary: very dense, with minimal distance between the vines and extreme selectiveness. And this was only the beginning of a route that Franciacorta then ambitiously undertook: distinguishing itself with the severest production regulations in terms of selectivity and qualitative rules. In addition there was Ca’ del Bosco’s fervent desire, right from the start, to make not only bubblies from its 207,5 ha of vineyards in Franciacorta but also still reds and whites. The decision to undertake this project in a territory fairly new to wine made it possible to choose the finest hillside properties, and Ca’ del Bosco now has vineyards more than 40 years old. It was also decided to separately vinify the grapes from different vineyards, thereby respecting the different terroirs, and to blend the wines only in the final refining stage. The territory’s natural wine vocation gives each grape variety its highest expression. And to respectfully protect this vocation, Ca’ del Bosco vineyards are tended with methods having very low environmental impact, with minimal fertilization and strictly of the organic type.

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Winemaker's Notes

A virtue found in the etymology of an ancient word: idem, or being the same. Cuvée Prestige, the essence of Franciacorta, Ca' del Bosco style. A jewel created in 2007 from thirty year's experience. Grapes from 134 vineyards, vinified separately and skillfully blended with reserves of the finest vintages (at least 20%) go into the magical rite of Cuvée creation. It will take 28 months of refinement on yeasts before this wine is ready to express all its richness and identity. A classic, well-balanced Franciacorta, pleasantly fresh and crisp. Perfect for any occasion.                                    

                                   

"This is among Ca' del Bosco's most affordable and accessible sparkling wines. It offers steady consistency year after year. I've always loved the bouquet of this wine. It shows a slightly spicy side that reminds me of Christmas oranges nailed with cloves. In the mouth, the wine is lean and crisp with fine and persistent perlage." -Robert Parker

Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Sub-Region Franciacorta DOCG
Ratings 92 James Suckling; 91 Wine Advocate
Varietal(s) 75% Chardonnay
15% Pinot Noir
10% Pinot Blanc
Color Sparkling White
ABV 12.5%
Vintage NV
Size 750mL
Closure Cork

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