Producer: Maurizio Zanella

Grape: Chardonnay 75%, Pinot Bianco 10%, Pinot Nero 15%.

Pronunciation: ‘Fran-chia-court-ta’

Region: Lombardy, Italy

Zone: Franciacorta DOCG

Producer Info:

When a fifteen year old Maurizio Zanella moved with his mother moved to Erbusco and planted the first vineyard, the initial contact with what would be the love of his life began. Years later and after a trip to Champagne, to the famous maisons whose wine had always fascinated and inspired him, Maurizio returned with the unshakeable idea of making something similar. What was once a house in a chestnut wood became one of the most trailblazing wineries in Italy. Since then a single principle has been defining the essence of Ca' del Bosco: the quest for excellence. Only the finest Chardonnay (75%), Pinot Nero (15%) and Pinot Bianco (10%) grapes from 134 vineyards, vinified separately and skillfully blended with reserves of the finest vintages (at least 20%) go into the magical rite of Cuvée creation. It will take 28 months of refinement on yeasts before this wine is ready to express all its richness and identity. A classic, well-balanced Franciacorta, pleasantly fresh and crisp. Perfect for any occasion.

Tasting note: “This one hails from Franciacorta, where Italy's finest sparkling wines are made, from one of the best producers, Ca' del Bosco. Chardonnay is dominant at 80 per cent, delivering fresh apple notes, and yeasty, nutty nuances met with lively bead and superb length. Perfectly balanced, it finishes dry - it is a brut after all - but with plenty of ripeness and richness on the palate. Lovely. Smart bubbles.” - Jane Faulkner, The Age

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Calcareous

Production: The base wines for Cuvée Prestige are obtained in compliance with a rigorous winemaking protocol. The hand-picked grapes are coded by vineyard, chilled in a cold room and selected by experienced cellar staff before whole-bunch pressing. Alcoholic fermentation is in temperature-controlled steel tanks, where the wines remain until the following March. Seven more months of ageing are necessary for the wine to clarify, mature and disclose the character of its vineyard of provenance. Subsequently, the wines are carefully blended with reserve wines from the best vintages (from 20% to 30%) in the magic ritual of making the cuvée. It is this special technique that imbues Cuvée Prestige with its distinctive character. The essence of Franciacorta made the Ca’ del Bosco way. Only after a maturation period that averages 25 months will this Franciacorta be ready to express all the sumptuous depth of its personality. Disgorgement takes place in the absence of oxygen using a unique system designed and patented by Ca’ del Bosco. The procedure avoids oxidative stress or the need for additional sulphites, making Ca’ del Bosco Franciacortas purer, more appealing and longer lived. Finally, every bottle is given an individual marking to ensure its traceability.

Alcohol (%) 12.5%