Franciacorta Brut Milledì DOCG

Roberto Gatti opened his first winery, Ferghettina, in 1991, after working as a cellar master and vineyard manager for twenty years in Franciacorta. At the beginning, the winery only had 3 hectares (7.4 acres) under vine but today, the family manages 180 hectares (445 acres) of vineyards. Roberto’s children – Laura and Matteo, both enologists – work side by side with him, bringing innovative ideas, such as a special square bottle shape, meant to give the wine greater contact with the lees in comparison to round bottles. This shape leads to greater finesse, flavor and aroma, not to mention originality and beauty.

The new state-of-the-art, 64,600-square-foot winery is located in Adro and is totally dedicated to Ferghettina wines.

A cuvee made from at least ten different Chardonnay vineyards in Franciacorta that screams minerality and flavor. Each vineyard is vinified separately and blended in spring. It ages thirty-six months and in fact the name means, “one thoUSAnd days,” for the time it spends on its lees. Elegant and persistent perlage with zesty citrus aromas are hallmarks of this traditionally made sparkler.


Wine exported to

USA

Most recent awards

  • 2013 | Wine Enthusiast90
  • NV | International Wine Cellar91
  • 2009 | Wine Advocate90
Grape Varieties:

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

7-10 days

Type of yeast:

Selected

Fermentation temperature:

16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F)

Maceration technique:

None

Malolactic fermentation:

No

Fining agent:

Bentonite

Aging containers:

Stainless steel, for 9 months

Aging in bottle:

36 months on lees in bottle

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Vineyards

Vineyard name:

A blend of 10 different vineyards

Vineyard location:

Adro and Erbusco Franciacorta, Lombardy

Vineyard size:

15 hectares (37 acres)

Soil composition:

Calcareous clay and morainic soil

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

250 meters (820 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,000 plants per hectare

Yield:

Max 1.5-2 kg per vine

Exposure:

Various

Years planted:

Various, but around 1999

Age of vines:

20 years old on average

Time of harvest:

Mid-August

First vintage of this wine:

2007

Total yearly production (in bottles):

50,000

Tasting notes:

Straw yellow, with gold and green reflections and tiny, persistent perlage. On the palate, elegant notes of citrus fruit and a minerally freshness; a long finish.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 6-8 °C (42.8-46.4 °F).

Food pairings:

As an aperitif, with appetizers or fish, white meat, risotto, even as an all-around wine.

Aging potential:

10-15 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont.12.5% by vol.

Winemaker:

Roberto, Laura and Matteo Gatti