Franciacorta Extra Brut, Faccoli
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Franciacorta Extra Brut, Faccoli - NV

Item # 34988 750mL

Winemaker Claudio Faccoli's family was instrumental in getting the Franciacorta appellation onto the map. Faccoli is small by Franciacorta standards (5 ha) and own prime vineyards of old pergola vines (40 yr+). It was aged in bottle on the lees for 24 months and if you're into blind-tasting, this will undoubtedly be taken as a fine Champagne. Full of minerals, citrus fruits, flowers and will clearly age for years to come in bottle.

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In a way, the branding of Franciacorta has doomed it to always be held against a Champagne standard that it will never meet. Franciacorta makes sparkling wines in the style of Champagne, with the same grapes and winemaking techniques, but from a very different terroir. In simplistic terms, Champagne is a lot colder than Lombardy, with vastly different soils, making Champagne a lot more zippy and restrained than Franciacorta. But, that’s not a bad thing. In fact, I adore the white and yellow fruits I get on Franciacorta (yes, even on this extra brut). I love that I can taste elderflower and peach along with those tiny Italian cookies they give you with coffee at tiny cafes in Milan. And don’t even get me started on the acid – like the ripest lemon you've ever had. This wine is seriously suave. Take one sip and you'll see what I mean.

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