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Franciacorta tasting notes

text and photographs © 2014 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Franciacorta and its wines.


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La Montina, Franciacorta Rosé Extra Brut Non Dosato 2008, Italy
All pinot noir. Zero dosage, lovely red berry fragrance with pomegranate and lifted raspberry. Then a clear, fresh palate that is very racy and aperitif fresh, if modestly flavoured. But I do like the purity and little sense of creamy texture. 88/100.

La Montina, Franciacorta Brut NV, Italy
Chardonnay from a 2009 base, with reserve wines from 2008. Discreetly perfumed but a lovely creamy and gentle roundness, tiny floral and butter notes, very appealing. The palate is deliciously pitched, long and complete. 90/100.

La Montina, Franciacorta Satèn Brut 2009, Italy
35% of this Chardonnay Satèn is fermented in barriques. A much more buttery, rich, vanilla - infused with little floral touches too. Lovely sweet character to this, with a silky mouthfeel. 89-90/100.

La Montina, Franciacorta Millesimato 2007, Italy
Baked apple pie aromas and lovely fat lemony fruit. Such lovely floral lift and suave, beautifully pitched wine with delicate creamy oak background and shimmering clarity and freshness. Gorgeous. 92-93/100.

La Montina, Franciacorta Demi-Sec Rosé 2010, Italy
Light cherry colour and lighter cherry and fresh sweet red fruit flavours. Nice sense of richness onto the palate, beautifully balanced, with weight and texture. A really lovely elegance across this range. 90/100.

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