Pas Dosé Brut Corteaura
|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
Enticing aromas of toast, butter, ripe apple, citrus and nut. The palate is pure and crisp with complex layered, citrus, nut, bread and malt notes, all finished off with a brisk bright acidity that gives great length. Smart champagne blend of 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir. This spends 50 months on the lees in the cellar. L&S (Oct 2016)
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The NV Franciacorta Pas Dosé (no dosage) lifts up with a bouquet of dusty dried flowers, limestone-like minerals and green apples. It’s sharply focused and teeming with vibrant acids, taking on an almost-salty and undeniably savory character, which builds tension through the close. This finishes bone-dry with lip-smacking citrus-tinged fruits that just begs you to take another sip. It’s a blend of 80% Chardonnay to 20% Pinot Noir. Drinking range: 2021 - 2024 Rating: 91 Eric Guido, www.vinous.com (Dec 2020)
This 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir blend has 50 month ageing. Plenty of rich, nutty autolytic characters. Notes of marzipan. It is creamy and full, quite firmly structured, with a delicious dry finish. Rating: 18 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (May 2020)
Pronounced red-cherry and bruised-peach aromas here – somewhat surprising for having only 10% more Pinot than the Brut plus having a long 60 months on lees. Spicy, coffee and toast notes emerge from the time on lees, complementing the fruit core. Fruit and lees richness fills out the mid palate and balances the absence of dosage, though a flinty mineral streak pushes through the finish. I'd like just a little more elegance and finesse here, but it has plenty of character. Rating: 16.5 Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Apr 2020)
Federico Fossati, the “Soul of Corte Aura”, is not yet 40 but already taking on a second career - with great results!. He left his homeland of the Veneto and a career in finance to set up in Lombardy. He saw his future in Adro, Franciacorta. Prime growing grounds for classic, high quality fruit, perfect for Franciacorta. The towns emblem is made up of three bunches of grapes - this is what they do there!
We are delighted to be working with the team here - it is so refreshing to have people making great Sparkling wine - who really understand that as it is not labelled Champagne - there is work to be done to raise the profile of Franciacorta and they know prices must be part of the allure - these represent seriously good value and we are so pleased to be listing the Brut, the Rosato and the fantastic Pas Dosé cuvée - perfect adverts for what is achievable here in this historic region - with passion, attention to detail and a long-term plan.
They own many of their own vineyards as well as buying in grapes from trusted growers and although still quite young are becoming seriously respected in the area.
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