Ca’ del Bosco in FranciacortaBy Marisa D'Vari | August 9th, 2011 | Category: Italy, News | 1 Comment »
Imagine yourself in a seminar with two delicious looking glasses of sparkling wine in front of you. One, you are told, is from Champagne. The other, Franciacorta a DOCG region in Northern Italy famous for its sparkling wine using the traditional method.
You taste the sparklers and one seems much more elegant than the other, light and delicate and very blanc de blanc. It must be Champagne, you think.
But no! It is a chardonnay-based sparkler from Franciacorta, and actually from Ca' del Bosco. The other was a famous brand Champagne I won't reveal just yet.
Michael Broadbent of Christie's auction house recently reviewed the wine in Decanter, praising the Brut 2007 (100% Chardonnay) and calling it very pale, fragrant, with good acidity and a spicy finish. He also mentioned its founder Maurizio Zanella, whom he met at the Place de la Concorde in Paris many years earlier ...
The story goes that Zanella moved to Franciacorta when he was fifteen, then saw Champagne and was struck by the idea of making a sparkling wine in Franciacorta. In 1979 he planted the first five rows of vineyard in a way thought revolutionary at the time -- very dense, with minimal distance between the vines.
I will be attending the European wine blogger's conference in Brescia and hope to report more about what's up at Ca' del Bosco and other wineries, so stay tuned ...