A solid first encounter from this up-and-comer producer from Lombardia. According to the importer, Nicola’s bubbles are on “every” top restaurant wine list in Italy. Wow, I can see why - Nicola sports the right narrative (natty, maverick), but the proof was in the bottle itself! The Quattrocento, which is Nicola’s late disgorged offering (40 months on lees), could easily give many Champagne’s a good run for their money. It was textural, incisive, and expectedly leaned more towards an oxidative and autolytic profile, with flavours of pastry, almonds, baked apples, and hints of spice. Admittedly, I was looking for a little more length and intensity, but the wine had good energy and drank with little resistance. A win for me! — 12 days ago
N: black cherry, herbs, flower petals, and a bit of sun dried tomato
P: “” there’s a nice balance between juicy fruit and aromatic savory herbs.
— 6 days ago
If you’re new to Franciacorta, you couldn’t pick a better place to start.
You get a really fabulous mousse, and a wonderful clean and bright Chardonnay fruit with a dry but delightful finish. Don’t look for that toasty brioche that a champagne would offer; this is made differently. But take this as the crisp, refreshing (and very good-friendly) wine that it is. — a day ago
Santa Croce franciacorta brut
Nose : closed
Palate: fruity. Good. Not super mineral. — 7 hours ago
Bold notes of blue flowers, violet, blackberries, plums, piñon, velvet and tobacco. Beautifully tannic, with a spine of lingering spice, rich and acid driven, with notes of dried wood, blood orange, blueberry cobbler, and a surprisingly dry finish with notes of clove and wet earth. Perfect pairing for light to medium spice Mexican food and probably my favorite Syrah. A personal game changer. — 13 days ago
Visit to Yuki/Jeff’s home. interesting Italian sparkling of Chardonnay. Not many bubbles, good yeasty notes with mature fading fruits and long acidic finish. Went with appetizer and pasta. — 12 days ago
So delicious and characterful 🍾🍾🥂🥂
Some notes after we visited this Champagne Grower-Producer last fall:
This is a family-owned and managed winery, responsible for growing all of the grapes used to produce their champagne. 🍇
All of their vineyards are located in Premier Cru and Grand Cru villages within the Côte des Blancs. The Côtes des Blancs appellation is known especially for Chardonnay grapes, which tend to have a lighter, more delicate style of wine. Larmandier-Bernier’s blends are made predominantly from Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier playing supporting roles. 🌸🌸
We had a tour of the cellar and winemaking facilities. Most of Larmandier-Bernier’s wines are vinified in Austrian (delicately toasted) oak vessels of various sizes. 🪵
These vessels allow a little oxygen to interact with the wine, which can enhance richness, development of aromas/ flavors, and complexity. The wines also undergo malolactic fermentation for some of the same reasons, but also to soften the acidity, given Chardonnay is a neutral grape and can have higher acidity in a cool climate like Champagne. 👍👍
The vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically, in fact this family was one of the first to bring biodynamic farming practices to the region after experiencing delicious wines made using these practices from Alsace.
Our favorite wine of the tasting was the 2015, non-dosage, Terre de Vertus - it was so unique; a beautiful wine with a lot toasty, brioche, almond, marzipan, and round orchard fruit notes. 👏👏👏
Now we’re tasting the 2010 Vintage Terre de Vertus and we’re equally enthralled. SO DELICIOUS. — 5 days ago