In 1955, young and irrepressible oenologist Franco Ziliani directed that query to Guido Berlucchi, a country gentleman who was looking for a consultant who could improve his Pinot del Castello, and what he found instead was a partner for an adventure in fine taste that would profoundly transform the destiny of Franciacorta.
Ziliani was fascinated by the elegant figure of Berlucchi, by his handsome mansion, Palazzo Lana Berlucchi, and by its ancient underground cellars. His youthful dream was to produce a classic-method wine in his native area, Franciacorta, and he boldly proposed to Berlucchi the idea of making a sparkling wine in a winegrowing area long dedicated to still table wines.
Berlucchi accepted, and the two pioneers joined forces with Berlucchi’s friend Giorgio Lanciani. The challenge was taken up, and, after some less-than-satisfactory vintages, 1961 finally saw the corking of three thousand bottles of Pinot di Franciacorta. When the corks were drawn the following year, the wine met all their expectations. Franciacorta was born!
In 1962, Ziliani created Italy’s first classic-method rosé, Max Rosé, inspired by Massimiliano Imbert, a Milan-based antiquarian friend of Berlucchi’s who prized the French sparkling rosés and desired an Italian rosé that would satisfy his refined taste. Max Rosé’s name, appearance, and taste completely won him over.
The '61 Nature by Berlucchi is a Millesimato a cuvée of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from the finest estate vineyards that matures a minimum of 5 years sur lie. It is an uncompromising yet elegant Millesimato made in the Nature style, without a syrup dosage (Pas Dosé).
The '61 Nature Rosè 2011 by Berlucchi represents the purest expression of Pinot Noir grown in Franciacorta. 100% Pinot Nero from vineyards with an average age of 20 years, perfectly ripe to give Millesimato grapes. The Pas Dosé describes its truest and most authentic soul. Millesimato characterized by longevity and importance.
The Franciacorta '61 Brut of Berlucchi wants to remember the fabulous' 60s and the first bottle of Franciacorta. chilled sparkling wine, breezy yet elegant. elegant combination of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. Winner of numerous awards. Good from aperitif throughout the meal.
The Franciacorta '61 Rosé of Berlucchi wants to remember the fabulous' 60s and the first bottle of Franciacorta. deep pink, with bright notes of berries and pleasant fruitiness of Pinot Noir blend (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) aged in the bottle for 24 months. Tantalizing as an aperitif and goes well with meats, pasta and cheeses.
The Franciacorta '61 Satèn of Berlucchi wants to remember the fabulous' 60s and the first bottle of Franciacorta. Chardonnay, it is recognized by the mellow creaminess. The preferred drink of those who, aperitif, prefers the softness and elegance. It goes well with risottos and dishes based on fish.