The beautiful unknown
Franciacorta is a small DOCG from northern Italy in Lombardy.
This little-known appellation produces some of the best sparkling wine in the world.
This effervescent wine, created with the traditional method, is made from Chardonay, pinot noir and pinot blanc.
I am going to try to familiarize you with the different categories of Franciacorta.
A Non-vintage can only be released after 25 months following harvest, 18 months of which must be spent on lees in the bottle.
A Vintage can only be released after 37 months following harvest, 30 months of which must be spent on lees in the bottle.
A rosé needs to contain at least 15% Pinot Noir and, like in Champagne, can be made by blending red wine.
A Satèn needs to be made with Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc only, with lower minimum atmosphere, 4.5 instead of 6.
A Riserva can only be released after 67 months following the harvest.
We will have the chance to visit this beautiful region early next year.
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