1701, Franciacorta Brut Nature


1701 Franciacorta Brut is a blend of Chardonnay 85% and Pinot Nero 15%. Its full palate is balanced by marked acidity. Mineral hints softened by fresh fruits and a lingering flavour of red apple. On the top of Santa Giulia hill, beside the cluniac church of the same name, the glorious eighteenth century villa Palazzo Cazzago is home to the 1701 winery. The villa is part of ancient land belonging to the noble families of Bettoni and Cazzago. The land includes approximately 15 hectares of hillside in Cazzago San Martino, Franciacorta. The name 1701 was chosen to recall the first vinification of their “brolo”, a 4-hectare vineyard framed by XI century walls. 1701 Franciacorta is a 10 ha organic certified winery now in conversion to Demeter. As members of Renaissance des Appellations they follow biodynamic farming methods – an approach which excludes any chemical intervention. It is ultimately a philosophy of life, about working closely with the vine, understanding and respecting its life cycle until the point when bottled it can fully express its vitality and character and above all the authenticity of its terroir. Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are put into stainless vats Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle – on the lees for 30 months before bottling. Also undergoes a very light filtration.
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
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A large and geographically complex region, Lombardy is home to five DOCG and 20 DOC titles. The Oltrepo Pavese zone stands out among these as one of the larger, better-known regions, for its sparkling Oltrepo Pavese Metodo Classico DOCG. Franciacorta, the second of Lombardy's two sparkling DOCG wines, comes from highly esteemed vineyards between Brescia and Lake Iseo. The alpine Valtellina has two DOCG wines to its name: Valtellina Superiore and the distinctive, dried-grape amarone-style Sforzato di Valtellina, which are based on Chiavennasca, the Lombardian form of Piedmont's Nebbiolo.

Grape Varieties

Known particularly for its sparkling wines made in the Franciacorta and Oltrepò Pavese areas, Lombardy also produces still red, white and rosé wines made from a variety of local and international grapes including Nebbiolo wines in the Valtellina region, Trebbiano di Lugana white wines produced with the Chiaretto style rosé along the shores of Lake Garda, made from a blend of Barbera, Marzemino and Sangiovese. The Lugana white wines are made from the Trebbiano grape and are known for their fruitiness and medium body.