Berlucchi ’61 Rosé

60% PN, 40% CH, 2 years on lees. Sweet crabapple, fruit a little muted at first but opening up very slowly with some bitter herbs and grapefruit. The fruit sweetness – nectarine, raspberry – arrives after a while, tagged with a little autolytic and cut with fine phenolic details. Seems a touch charmless and anodyne compared to the others in this range at the moment. Difficult base vintage? 15.5

/ Berlucchi, Franciacorta, Rosé

Berlucchi Brut ’61, Franciacorta, Italy. 

90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir. 24 months on lees. All Stainless steel. 

Notes as written blind from The Big Blind Bargain Bubble Tasting.

So appetising. This is the other Franciacorta, Berlucchi? Reminds me of the Satèn ’61 I had 2 weeks ago. Ripe, golden Chardonnay fruits and some lovely buttery, peppery and spicy notes coming in. A little tropical. Pristine, sunny, very good indeed. Who wouldn’t like this wine? 17

Berlucchi Franciacorta ’61 Satèn

100% Chardonnay, in the satèn style (bottled at a lower pressure). NV, disgorged in 2019. This such an assured wine, perfect for anyone trying to get to grips with what Franciacorta Chardonnay is all about.

The fruit is so clear and transparent, sunny but controlled with fragrant peaches, ripe pear and a nice juicy grapefruit bite keeping it keen. 2 years on lees just rounds it out – it doesn’t need more as the body and freshness is right where it should be. It’s not toasty or developed in style. Just pure fruit, perfect for a sunny aperitif. Great value. 16.5