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Antica Fratta Franciacorta Brut
Antica Fratta was founded in the mid-1800s by a merchant called Luigi Rossetti who was enchanted by the local scenery around Monticelli Brusati and decided to convert the existing farmhouse on the property into a winery. Rossetti also created one of the estate’s unique features, its 1.7 km of cellars dug into the rock which are arranged in the shape of a Greek-style cross. In 1979 the winery was purchased by Franco Ziliani whose family is one of the most famous names in Franciacorta.
Today Antica Fratta specialises in artisanal Franciacorta made according to time-honoured traditional methods. The grapes for the Brut are predominantly Chardonnay along with a small proportion of Pinot Noir, all sourced from the heart of the Franciacorta DOCG. The fruit is harvested by hand and the wine is aged on the lees for 24 months following the secondary fermentation. Antica Fratta’s historic cellars provide the perfect conditions for ageing thanks to the constant 16°C temperature and 60-70% relative humidity.
The Brut is made with a low dosage of just 7 grammes per litre which gives a very subtle hint of sweetness on the palate. Fine bubbles and attractive citrus and stone fruit aromas make this an excellent aperitif or accompaniment to seafood, salads, and fish dishes.
Uberti Franciacorta Brut Francesco I
This characterful Franciacorta is composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Nero sourced from prime vineyards on the hills of Erbusco, Adro, Cologne and Cazzago San Martino in the province of Brescia. The fruit is carefully selected by hand and vinified according to the classic methods with secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle. The wine is then matured on the lees in the bottle for 36 months before release.
This lengthy maturation period helps to produce a complex and multi-layered sparkling wine with tiny bubbles, a very smooth texture and hints of brioche, fresh pastries and toasted almonds. The first sip reveals mouthwatering freshness, hints of tropical fruits and a pure, clean finish. It’s the perfect bottle to serve as an aperitif or accompaniment to seafood, chicken or creamy fish dishes.
The Uberti family have been growing grapes in Erbusco since at least 1793, although their involvement with Franciacorta only began in 1980. The current owners G. Augustine Uberti and his wife Eleanor began with just 9 hectares of vineyards and have since grown the business to become one of the area’s most successful. In recent years they have been joined by daughters Silvia and Francesca who help run the family business.
Uberti Franciacorta Saten Magnificentia
The Uberti family have been growing grapes in Erbusco in Lombardy since 1793, but it was only in 1980 that the family became involved with the region’s now-famous Franciacorta sparkling wines. Owners G. Augustine Uberti and his wife Eleanor started the business with just 9 hectares of vineyards, and over the years they have successfully grown the estate and now work alongside their daughters, Silvia and Francesca.
This magnificent Franciacorta is crafted from 100% Chardonnay and is one of the Uberti family’s finest bottlings. Grapes are sourced from Salem which is considered a Grand Cru region of Franciacorta where the well-draining stony soils are ideal for premium winemaking. This sparkling wine is crafted using the champenois method, the same process used for making Champagne, with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The must is fermented in oak barrels and then aged on the lees in the bottle for 36 months.
This lengthy maturation helps to create a rich, full-bodied sparkling wine with intense notes of almonds, brioche and toast as well as citrus and white flowers. The bubbles are tiny and delicate with a soft texture on the palate and a very long and gentle finish.
Uberti Franciacorta Rose Francesco I
The Uberti family began their Franciacorta project in 1980, but their ancestors have been growing grapes here in Erbusco since 1793. The current owners, G. Augustine Uberti and his wife Eleanor, work alongside their two daughters, Silvia and Francesca, to produce some of the region’s most exciting Franciacorta sparkling wines. Although they began with just 9 hectares they now work with a diverse range of plots which they own as well as partner growers in the region.
This stunning rosé is crafted from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes planted on mineral rich soils which help give the wine a distinctive elegance and grace. The Pinot Noir grapes are macerated on the skins for a short time to give the distinctive pale pink hue and the secondary fermentation then takes place in the bottle. The young wine is then matured on the lees for 30 months in the bottle to add complexity and depth.
On the nose there are intense notes of bright red fruit like cherries and raspberries while the first sip reveals a mouthwatering freshness, smooth texture and clean finish. This is a great wine to serve as an aperitif or with sushi, seafood and salmon dishes.
Antica Fratta Franciacorta Essence Rose 2015
In the mid 1800s A local merchant called Luigi Rossetti fell in love with the stunning landscapes of Monticelli Brusati and decided to found his own winery, Antica Fratta. The existing farmhouse on the property was converted into a winery and Rossetti dug 1.7 km of cellars into the rock in the distinctive shape of a Greek cross. In 1979 the estate was purchased by Franco Zilliani who is best known for his Franciacorta sparkling wines made under the Berlucchi label.
Zilliani’s vision for Antica Fratta was to create artisanal Franciacorta wines in small batches using traditional methods. This enchanting rosé is crafted from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes sourced from 30 year old vines planted on the estate. The must is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged on the lees for 30 months to add complexity and character.
The wine is then bottled and aged for a further 6 months in Antica Fratta’s cellars where the constant humidity and 16°C temperature provide perfect natural conditions for maturation. The result is an elegant and graceful sparkling wine which opens with delicate bubbles and hints of citrus, honeysuckle and green apples.
Antica Fratta Franciacorta Essence Saten
The Antica Fratta story begins in the middle of the 19th century when merchant Luigi Rossetti purchased the existing farm and converted the property into a winery. Luigi had fallen in love with the stunning scenery around Monticelli Brusati and set out to create his own legacy here by carving out 1.7 km of wine cellars into the rock in the shape of a Greek cross. These cellars are still in use today by the current owner, Franco Zilliani, a legendary Italian winemaker who acquired the estate in 1979.
Zilliani is best known for his work with the famous Berlucchi brand of Franciacorta wines, but at Antica Fratta he has strived to mirror the Grower Champagnes of France by embracing artisanal methods and small batch production. His iconic Essence Saten showcases the brilliance of the Chardonnay varietal. Grapes are grown on prime sites in the Franciacorta hills and harvested by hand. The must is then vinified in stainless steel tanks with a part of the wine going into barriques to add extra personality.
The young wine is then aged on the lees for 30 months in Antica Fratta’s extensive network of cellars where temperature remains a steady 16°C. Bursting with delicate floral notes and hints of brioche, toast and green apples, this is a fantastic alternative to Champagne and ideal for serving as an aperitif. It can also be kept in the cellar for a few more years where it will continue to develop and evolve.