Franciacorta – Satèn
Franciacorta Satèn must be a Blanc de Blancs with only the use of Chardonnay and/or Pinot Bianco permitted, and with only 4.5 atmospheres of pressure instead of 6.
100% estate Chardonnay farmed in diverse vineyard locations between Mt Orfano and the shores of Lake Iseo. These beautiful rolling foothills of the Alps are a perfect combination of gravel-sand over limestone soil and moderate mountain-lake climate for growing Champagne grapes. The base wine is produced in a classic blanc de blanc brut style then aged on the lees in bottle for 36 months. However, the final dosage has less sugar than a traditional Brut, creating a more elegant texture and finer bubbles. This practice is in line with the DOCG requirements for Franciacorta which since 1995 have become the highest standards for quality of any sparkling wine region in the world (including Champagne).
Delicate floral aromas, soft and creamy palate, with aromas of ripe tree fruit, white flowers and roasted nuts. Residual sugar: 8gr/l. 12.5% alcohol.
About the Producer
Corteaura Franciacorta was established in 2009 by Federico Fossati. Growing up in the Veneto, Federico’s dream was to produce a top quality wine in a territory with a natural vocation for grape growing. After meticulous research through the wine producing areas of Italy, he settled in the municipality of Adro, in the south-western province of Brescia, at the foot of Mount Alto. The presence of three bunches of grapes on the Adro municipal coat of arms is a testament to how viticulture there is rooted in tradition, going back to the 16th century.
The vineyards are at an altitude of 271 metres above sea level and close to Lake Iseo. They are protected from wind and fog and enjoy a temperate ideal for grape-growing. Each plot is assessed individually, from the outermost sections of the vineyard to its center, in order to carefully plan differentiated and timely harvest.
The first production was made possible thanks to a fortuitous meeting with Pierangelo Bonomi, and to his extensive winemaking experience in the Franciacorta area. Today Corteaura produces 100,000 bottles and cultivates 6 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which they own. They also purchase grapes across the Franciacorta region, and thrive for their wines to offer complex aromas.