Castel Faglia, Cuvée 'Monogram' Blanc de Blancs Brut, Franciacorta DOCG


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Franciacorta is a small wine-producing area in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is famous for its high-quality sparkling wines, which are made very much in the image of Champage. The Franciacorta wine region is located in the Brescia province, in the hills immediately south-east of the foot of Lake Iseo. Roughly square in shape, it stretches eastwards for 15 miles from the Oglio River (which flows out from the lake) until reaching the Mella River valley and the western suburbs of Brescia city.

Although relatively unknown in global terms, Franciacorta is widely regarded as Italy's finest sparkling wine. Due respect is still paid to the traditional and better-known classics Prosecco and Moscato d'Asti, but these lighter-hearted styles are aimed at straightforward enjoyment rather than complexity or finesse.

As a high-quality sparkling wine made in the Méthode Champenoise from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc, Franciacorta is clearly Italy's answer to Champagne. The wine comes in both non-vintage and vintage forms, and the standard white is complemented by a rosé version (for which the base wine must be at least 25% Pinot Noir). There is even this "Monogram" blanc de blancs equivalent called Franciacorta Satèn, made exclusively from Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco (Blanc). Tasting notes for Franciacorta Brut wines sound remarkably like those of their Champagne equivalents, with frequent references to biscuit, brioche, lemon and lees.

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