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Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Passirano, Lombardy
🇩🇪 Country: Italy
🍾 Variety: Franciacorta
🍇 Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 2010
📅 Disgorgement date: 2017
🥂 Alcohol: 13,0%
🍭 Sugar content: 5 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 32,95 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 16 January 2020
Le Marchesine is a family business since five generations in Passirano, close to Milano.
The great example for the Le Marchesine Franciacorta is champagne. It uses the same Pinot Noir and Chardonnay strains than used in France. The family works together since over 20 years with a consultant from the champagne region. (Spoiler) If I only would have known that before …
Le Marchesine, Franciacorta, Blanc de blanc, 2010, brut is a Millesimato. Millesimatos are sparkling wines made of one vintage only.
Second fermentation in the bottle takes minimum 48 months. The reviewed bottle has some more years on its back. It’s between six and seven years at this point.
Franciacorta is a small historically area. It lies in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.
The first Franciacorta was introduced to market 1961 as metodo classico, or bottle-fermented, sparkler. Since 1995 it is classified as DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita). That means controlled and guaranteed designation of origin.
The grapes for Franciacorta are strictly defined. Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc und Pinot Noir.
Reminds me of Champagne. Champagne uses in the same fashion the three grape varieties. Regardless of that Franciacortas are said to have their own identity.
The color is yellow with reflections of green. The perlage is OK but very persistent.
Blossom smell paired with yeast. I miss fruity notes.
Mineral taste. Too much acidity. Slightly bitter at the palate. The list is long but I don’t feel like digging deeper into this special bottle. It’s not attractive at all. Not to mention boring.
POP or Flop
Le Marchesine, Franciacorta Millesimato, Blanc de blanc, 2010, brut is too much champagne style. I should have done my home work before I bought the bottle. It’s not according to my taste.
It went down the drain like the other suspects of the evening:
- Veuve Clicquot, brut, 2008
- Pertois-Moriset, Grand Cru, Millésime 2008,
- M. Hostomme, Blanc de Blanc, Grand Cru, brut, Millésime 2008
- Charlier & Fils, Spécial Club, brut, Millésime 2005
All things considered, not only cut-price sparkling wine can bring down the mood. Expensive ones are even worse. This is because a bad bottle of bubbles does all the things that it is not supposed to do. In short it is a general buzzkill.
I still don’t get it. Why create an Italian sparkling whine with french identity? The Italians obviously suffer the same disease as the Germans. They want to make Champagne. No one is saying it but the products speak for themselves.
If I want Champagne I buy Champagne straightaway. Not German Sekt or Italian Franciacorta. Grow some balls out there and make bubbly with identity. No need to copy the french.