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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

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

£37.30

6 in stock

Press Quotes & Awards

This is very dry and chalky with lemon-rind and dried-pear character. Medium-fine bubbles give form to the wine. It’s full and flavourful with a nice, dry finish. 92 points.

James Suckling, What we tasted last week #14, jamessuckling.com, 29th July 2020

Made by blending up to 60 different wines every year, 90% Chardonnay and 10% PN and PM, this flagship has been described as the finest entry level wine in Italy. Deliciously rounded, small bubbles and the right amount of fizz, this is spot on.

Justin Keay, Justin Keay: how Franciacorta is facing up to post-Covid-19 future, the-buyer.net, 9th June 2020

Bright straw-yellow. Aromas of fresh apricot and sweet spices, plus whiffs of pineapple and banana. Then similar flavours on the slightly high-toned palate, but an enticing floral quality adds lift and a hint of welcome minerality provides more in the way of complexity. Finishes with good grip and persistence. 91 Points

Ian D’Agata, Franciacorta, Vinous.com, December 2018

This tastes as good as it looks. Produced in Lombardy, using the Champagne method, it is considerably posher than Prosecco. With a nose of baked pastry, fresh lemon and a touch of apricot, it is complex on the palate, with a creamy texture and minerality balancing the pear and softer notes of wild honey.

Corinna Hardgrave, “Christmas Dinner Wines”, Irish Independent, 16 December 2017

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

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