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.
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Most recent awards
- 2013 | Wine Enthusiast90
- NV | International Wine Cellar91
- 2009 | Wine Advocate90
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F)
Stainless steel, for 9 months
Aging in bottle:
36 months on lees in bottle
A blend of 10 different vineyards
Adro and Erbusco Franciacorta, Lombardy
15 hectares (37 acres)
Calcareous clay and morainic soil
250 meters (820 feet) above sea level
5,000 plants per hectare
Max 1.5-2 kg per vine
Various, but around 1999
Age of vines:
20 years old on average
Time of harvest:
First vintage of this wine:
Total yearly production (in bottles):
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.
Best served at 6-8 °C (42.8-46.4 °F).
As an aperitif, with appetizers or fish, white meat, risotto, even as an all-around wine.
Alcohol cont.12.5% by vol.
Roberto, Laura and Matteo Gatti