Franciacorta Cuvee Royale, Antinori, Lombardy, Italy NV
Regular price £29.85
The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries, and exporting it for four. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion which shows no signs of abating. Through judicious acquisition of vineyards and an uncanny knack for developing iconic wines, Antinori has become Tuscany’s – arguably Italy’s – pre-eminent wine producer, with an important presence in Piedmont, Lombardy, Umbria and Puglia as well as their Tuscan heartland.
The Montenisa Estate producing this Franciacorta is based around the village of Calino. It was bought by the Antinori family in 1999, and is run by Piero Antinori’s daughter Alessia. All the fruit for this wine is sourced from the estate’s own vineyards: sixty perfectly sited hectares on the hill of Santo Stefano.
Franciacorta Cuvee Royale NV
Superb traditional method fizz – crisp apple fruit with lemony finesse has acquired subtle richness and perfect tiny bubbles from extended time on the lees.