Guido Berlucchi Brut Rosé Franciacorta '61 N.V.
(Lombardy, Italy) - [WE 92] [WS 91, #93 Top 100 Of 2021] [JS 90] [WA 90]
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The rosé for those who want something more from a rosé. Excellent as an aperitif, it is pleasant match for cold cuts and savoury first courses and cheeses, even mature ones. When paired with shellfish, its structure is nicely accentuated.
Varietal Composition: Pinot Nero (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) from the best vineyards In the 19 municipal areas of Franciacorta.
APPEARANCE: soft , foamy mousse with long-lasting cordon around the glass; fine, lingering bead.
COLOUR: intense pink, varies slightly according to the vintage, due to the different ripeness levels of phenolic compounds in the Pinot Nero.
BOUQUET: elegant hints of wild berries and ripe fruit, nicely blended with subtle nuances of yeast and crusty bread. Heady, warm quality from the brief Pinot Nero maceration on the skins during vinification.
PALATE: refined and elegant with exceptional acidity and full body. The acidity is balanced well by the medium-high sugar content.
PAIRINGS: perfect as an aperitif, it will also pair well with various cold meats and charcuterie, full-flavoured first courses and fully matured cheeses. Pairing with shellfish enhances its impressive structure
Ratings & Reviews:
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
“Bright and savory, this refreshing, polished sparkler boasts alluring aromas of juicy raspberry, wild cherry, baking spice and a whiff of bread crust. The inviting aromas follow over to the vibrant palate along with a continuous refined perlage. A tangy candied nectarine note closes the finish."
91 Points, #93 Top 100 Of 2021 - Wine Spectator:
“Enticing aromas and flavors of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit are set on the fine, lively bead in this clean-cut, mouthwatering rose, with a chalky underpinning. Lightly spiced on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024.” -AN
90 Points - James Suckling:
"A grapefruit-colored rosé with sliced apples, raspberries, blood orange and some brioche on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with silky, soft bubbles and bright acidity. Crisp and fresh with a savory finish. Dry feel. Drink now."
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The NV Franciacorta '61 Brut Rosé (disgorged in 2017) represents a nicely balanced blend of 60% Pinot Nero and 40% Chardonnay aged in the bottle on the lees for 24 months. Some 140,000 bottles were produced. This is a delicate but festive wine that shows a steady succession of small berry, lilac and floral aromas. There's a refreshing kick of acidity on the close."