Ca' Del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige
In 1964 Annamaria Clementi purchased a small house called ‘Ca’ del bosc’ and two hectares of land, surrounded by chestnut woods. The first vineyards were planted in 1968 and two red wines were released in the early 1970’s. Her son Maurizio Zanella, inspired by a trip to Champagne at just 17 years of age, returned with a vision to make great sparkling wine. What was once a small house in the countryside has since grown to be the eminent sparkling wine in Italy and one of the best in the world. Cuvée Prestige is both the essence of Franciacorta and the Ca' del Bosco style. A combination of 134 vineyards contribute to the blend of 75% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Bianco and 15% Pinot Nero. The grapes are vinified separately and 20% of reserve wines are selected from the cellars to give the wine its distinctive and complex character. The wine refines for 28 months before release and is bottled with just with 1.5 grams of sugar per litre (= Extra Brut) and 48mg of sulphur.
A plentiful mousse holds well in the glass after being poured. A pale straw coloured base with flecks of pale gold around the edges has an exceptionally fine and persistent bead flowing through it. Pronounced ripe pear, baked apple and yeast lees aromas have a subtle dried honey overlay with emerging baked bread notes also evident. Quite rich and mouthfilling, flavours of pear, ripe apple, yeast lees, baked bread and citrus are backed by a sculptured spine of crisp acidity. Finishes dry with an aftertaste that’s long, refined and refreshing.