Franciacorta Satèn 2015 DOCG

The family-owned boutique winery named for its founder Enrico Gatti is located in Erbusco, in the heart of Franciacorta. Enrico started out in the building industry but he became fascinated by the world of bubbly wines, expanding his property, his experience and his team. Surface under vine went from a single hectare in 1975 to the impressive 17 (totally 42 acres) it is today. The vineyards feature Franciacorta’s characteristic morainic soil and are generally located about 200-250 meters above sea level (656-820 feet). In 1984, the founder’s children, Lorenzo and Paola Gatti, together with Paola’s husband, Enzo Balzarini, began to collaborate in the winery and the first bubbly vintage was launched in 1986. The underground winery was gradually expanded and equipped with state-of-the-art, computerized and temperature-controlled equipment. The Gatti family has meticulously created a range of limited-production wines, which are carefully crafted with an eye to painstaking quality. All the grapes for their wines are organically grown in estate-owned vineyards. The third generation has also joined the ranks, continuing the family tradition.

Chardonnay grapes grown at higher altitudes are soft pressed. Half the must ferments in French oak barrels and matures on its lees for six months. The other half is fermented in stainless steel. The wines are then blended and rest on their lees for at least twenty-five months. Creamy, with mineral notes and intense aromas of almond coupled with buttery notes.


Wine exported to

Canada, Japan, Australia, Austria

Grape Varieties:

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel and wood barrels

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

7-8 days

Type of yeast:

Selected

Fermentation temperature:

Max. 19 °C (62.2 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:

15%

Aging containers:

Stainlesss steel and wood barrels

Container size:

50 hl stainless vats 225 lt wood barrels

Type of oak:

durmast oak

Bottling period:

April

Aging before bottling:

10 months

Aging in bottle:

25 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard location:

Erbusco, Lombardy

Vineyard size:

1 hectare (2.5 acres)

Soil composition:

Mineral-rich morainic soil.

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

220-240 meters (720-790 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

4,000 vines per hectare

Yield:

90 quintals

Exposure:

Southeastern

Years planted:

1989, 1999

Age of vines:

20-30 years old

Time of harvest:

August

First vintage of this wine:

1997

Total yearly production (in bottles):

17,500

Tasting notes:

Delectably creamy, with subtle minerality and fragrant aromas of fresh almonds and delicate, buttery notes.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 4-6 °C (39.2-42.8 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs well with fish and white meat.

Aging potential:

5-6 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont.: 12.5% by vol.

Winemaker:

Lorenzo Gatti, Enzo Balzarini, Nicolò Balzarini