Enrico Gatti Franciacorta NV

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  • This Franciacorta comes from Chardonnay vineyards at higher altitudes.
  • In 1975 Enrico Gatti purchased a single hectare in Erbusco, the heart of the Franciacorta region
  • Now very much a family operation with a third generation involved, this is Italy's version of Champagne
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    $75.00
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In 1975 Enrico Gatti purchased a single hectare in Erbusco, the heart of the Franciacorta region, and made a red wine which he sold in demijohns to local restaurants. At the time Franciacorta was really just getting started as a sparkling wine region and, seeing the potential, Enrico enlisted the support of his children, Lorenzo and Paola, and Paola’s husband Enzo Balzarini, and in 1984 they acquired a further sixteen hectares with the aim of producing a great bollicine. Now very much a family operation with a third generation involved, the total production is 100.000 bottles – still tiny by local standards. The vineyards are all planted on the regions classic morainic terrain, and farmed organically and by hand.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Creamy
    • Lemon
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish

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Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.

Lombardy

In north-central Italy, the wine region of Lombardy boasts 20 Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), five five Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), and 13 Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) designations. It’s also home to many small, family-owned artisan wineries. The region has built a strong reputation for its ‘metodo classico’ (classic method) sparkling wines made in Brescia from Franciacorta. Lombardy also produces red wines from Nebbiolo (known locally as Chiavennasca) grapes in Valtellina, delicious Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) wines, as well as rosés in the areas surrounding Lake Garda.

Franciacorta

Franciacorta is an area in northern Italy’s Lombardi region, south of Lake Iseo. It became a Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) in 1967 and a Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) in 1995, and as such, Franciacorta wines must adhere to strict set of regulations and standards of quality. Franciacorta also gives its name to the renowned sparkling witness from this area. These elegant bubblies are made using the methodo classico, also known as the méthode champenoise or traditional method), meaning that they are made in the same way Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France. And like Champagne, only wines made in this specific region can be called Franciacorta and can use only certain grape varietals – Chardonnay, Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), and Pinot Bianco – in their blends. (Regulations now also allow as much as 10% Erbamat grapes in Franciacorta.) These grapes are hand-harvested, and the wines are later bottle-aged for at least 18 months (with riserva styles spending as long as 60 months ageing in bottle), resulting in silky, more complex wines. In addition to its famed sparklers, Franciacorta also produces a Burgundy-style still white wine and a Bordeaux-style still red wine.

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About the brand Enrico Gatti

In 1975 Enrico Gatti purchased a single hectare in Erbusco, the heart of the Franciacorta region, and made a red wine which he sold in demijohns to local restaurants. At the time Franciacorta was really just getting started as a sparkling wine region and, seeing the potential, Enrico enlisted the support of his children, Lorenzo and Paola, and Paola’s husband Enzo Balzarini, and in 1984 they acquired a further sixteen hectares with the aim of producing a great bollicine. Now very much a family operation with a third generation involved, the total production is 100.000 bottles – still tiny by local standards. The vineyards are all planted on the regions classic morainic terrain, and farmed organically and by hand.

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