Ca’ del Bosco Brut Cuvée Prestige 2015

An explosion of colour that is tropically exuberant and warmly welcoming at the same time. Bold, flirty and vivacious. A definite crowd pleaser.

Starbright straw yellow colour and a persistent perlage with numerous bubbles.

Intense aromas of pear, green apple skin and exotic fruits with toasty notes of brioche and almonds and fragrant notes of white flowers adding to its complexity.

On the palate fresh, dry and abundantly fizzy with a clean, citrus finish.

A wine that’s abundant, adventurous and full of surprises.

Food pairings:

Given the wine’s abundant acidity and vigorous bubbles, it would be best paired with dishes that are creamy and succulent. It has a medium structure and plentiful fresh aromas which should be matched in the choice of ingredients. Some examples: Fresh soft cheese like mozzarella, vegetable quiche, creamy pasta dishes, fish or white meat with grilled vegetables.

This particular wine was born in 2007 and defined by the winery as “the essence of Franciacorta in the Ca’ del Bosco style”. 75% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Bianco, the grapes are handpicked and carefully chosen from 134 vineyards with an average age range from 27 years for the Chardonnay to 19 years for the Pinot Noir. Once the grapes are picked and sorted, they are chilled before being pressed. The grape varietals are fermented separately at a controlled temperature and then assembled with between 20-30% of wines from the best years to create a cuvée with true Ca’ del Bosco personality. The wine rests an average of 25 months in contact with its lees. Interesting fact, the “dégorgement” occurs in an environment without oxygen to reduce shock and lessen the need for added sulphites, a unique system copyrighted by the winery.

While the winery’s reputation is well known to me, I was quite surprised to find out that the winery has a keen interest in art. It has invested in art works of sculpture from raw material such as bronze, marble and steel, which are dispersed around the property in, as they put it, “a fusion of art, wine, nature and culture.” The purpose of the sculptures is to express harmony by “creating relations between the qualities of structure, territory, people, wine and art. To top things off, the main gate is no ordinary entrance , but a spherical bronze sculpture designed by the internationally renowned artist Arnaldo Pomodoro. It’s a sort of mechanical sun, rightly  named “cancello solare”.

In addition, the winery has created “Il Libro”, a book with a collection of photos taken on the property by 11 different photographers among the most famous in the world. The project started in the end of the 1980’s and was presented in an exhibition at the Triennale in Milan in 2004.

It seems clear that at the core of the winery’s philosophy exists an immaginative approach which values aesthetics and seeks to entice the client’s senses not only with wine, but with the experience and culture connected to it.

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