70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. Free run juice undergoes a very brief maceration on skins before fermenting in barrique, with 5 months maturation in the same vessel. 30 months on lees. Zero dosage. This is rose at its very finest. Perfumed, red fruited, delicate, floral, mineral. The palate is dry with nice body and more red fruits. Perfect drinking from now with a salmon tartare.
Il Mosnel has been producing wines since 1836, and was one of the first producers of DOC Franciacorta when the appellation was created in the 1960s. The quality here is outstanding across everything I have been lucky enough to taste.
In the central North it is mainly sparkling and white wine country. From Franciacorta the sparkling wines can be as good as Champagne, made using the same grapes and methods the best are undervalued.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.