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Bellavista Cuvee Alma Franciacorta Brut DOCG

NV

In a Nutshell

Champagne-quality Italian sparkler.

Tasting Notes

It has a lively and persistent mousse with fine perlage. It is an attractive pale yellow in colour, with green reflections. Perfumes of white flowers and stone fruits, with subtle hints of vanilla, which follow through on to the palate. Fine, elegant yet rounded and beautifully balanced.

Production Notes

Made in the ‘traditional method‘, the different parcels of wine are all vinified separately. 15% of the wines used in the blend are fermented and then matured for seven months in small oak barrels. These wines are then blended with the “reserve wines”, which come from between six and nine earlier vintages. Once blended, the wine is bottled and the second fermentation takes place in bottle. It is then left to age on the lees for two and a half years before release. The contribution of the reserve wines ensures Bellavista’s consistent, signature style in every bottle

Grape Blend

80%

Chardonnay

19%

Pinot Noir

1%

Pinot Blanc

Bellavista Cuvee Alma Franciacorta Brut DOCG

Detailed Information

Type

Sparkling Wine

Country

Italy

Region

Lombardy

Vintage

NV

Size

0.75L

ABV

12.5%

Grape

Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir

Closure

Champagne Cork

£33.50

Press Quotes & Awards

White flowers, green apple, almonds, zesty lemon peel and a pleasant taste of lemon biscuits combine in this elegant and vibrant Spumante. It has a persistent mousse and bubbles that last for long.

Gabriela Guerez, “Franciacorta, the Italian Sparkling that Gives Champagne a Run for its Money”, Thetaste.ie, 01 June 2017

Silver Medal

Sommelier Wine Awards 2017

Bronze Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

Wonderful fresh elegant wine with lemon verbena aromas, complex white peach and nectarine fruits, subtle toasted almonds and an excellent dry finish. Spellbinding wine.

This would make a brilliant aperitif, on its own, or with a few cheese nibbles and toasted almonds.

You may not have come across Franciacorta or Bellavista before. Franciacorta is in Lombardy to the east of Milan. Sparkling wine production only really began here in 1961, but has been hugely successful over the last few decades – it now makes the best sparkling wine in Italy (streets ahead of Prosecco). Bellavista was founded by businessman Vittorio Moretti in the early 1970s, with the aim of producing an Italian version of Champagne company Louis Roederer. In this he has succeeded; this is one of the finest, if not the finest sparkling wine houses in Italy. This wine is made from 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir (both Champagne grapes) and aged for 2 ½ years in bottle before release. So, would I be prepared to shell out €53, the same amount of money as for a good Champagne? The answer in this case, is unequivocally yes!

John Wilson, http://www.wilsononwine.ie/ September 2016

Silver Medal

International Wine Challenge 2016

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