Grape(s): 75% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Nero, 5% Pinot Bianco
Localization: Lombardy, Italy
Tasting Notes: A wine that truly tastes of Franciacorta, with its aromas, its calm sincerity. A wine that makes no promises, prefers to keep them in silence these are the words of Stefano Camilucci to describe his Franciacorta Brut and never more fitting words. This sip can adapt to any occasion thanks to its qualities of freshness and elegance at the same time. Harmony in aromas and on the palate. Really does not miss a beat, knowing how to adapt to an aperitif as well as to an entire dinner and always with great class.
Notes: Grapes were softly pressed within 2 hours, on average, following harvest. Each varietal was fermented separately in temperature controlled stainless steel tank.
The Domain: In the tiny commune of Rodengo-Saiano, Stefano Camilucci farms 18ha of vines organically on ancient, morainic, fossil-rich soils. He is making some of the most interesting and delicious Franciacorta wines we have ever tasted by doing exactly the opposite of what most other producers do. He never employs chaptalization or malolactic fermentation in production. His singular focus us creating laser-focused fresh, pure, complex wines that all their place of origin to shine and so he enters into a very risky game of chicken with mother nature every year by harvesting every berry used in his wines late and then laying the fruit bare in the wines with no oak or malolactic fermentation to hide a flaw or soften a corner. It is a risky endeavor, but we would not want it any other way. These wines are stunners and Stefano is just awesome. He also grows hops, barley, spelt, and saffron. He makes flour, brews beers (amazing beers!!), and grows fruits and nuts as well. We were definitely not looking for a Franciacorta producer, of that you may be certain. Yet, as we walked away from our first meeting with Stefano, we were discussing what to include on the first order and that we should return after tasting in the Piemonte pavilion for a palate cleanser and some more beer!!